Think twice before bringing your furry friend along for the ride

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – The Nova Scotia RCMP is reminding you to think twice before bringing your pet along to run errands this summer.

Since June 1, 2017, the Nova Scotia RCMP has received 69 complaints about animals being left unattended in vehicles. The interior of vehicles can heat up very quickly, making it intolerable for pets, and people.

“We continue to educate people about the dangers of leaving pets in hot cars but we’re still seeing individuals leaving their pets unattended in vehicles on hot days,” says Cpl. Dal Hutchinson, Halifax District RCMP, “It’s really not worth the risk of putting your furry friend in distress or danger. It’s best to leave your pet at home.”

What should I do if an animal appears to be in distress?

  • Look for the owner of the car. Go to nearby stores and using the license plate, have the owner paged.
  • Attempt to provide shade or water for the animal.
  • Call your local police.
  • Stay at the car until the police officer arrives.
  • File a report with the Nova Scotia SPCA online or by calling 1-888-703-7722.

What are the signs of an animal in distress?

  • Exaggerated panting
  • Rapid or erratic pulse
  • Anxious or staring expression
  • Weakness and muscle tremors
  • Lack of coordination
  • Red or blue tongue and lips
  • Convulsions or vomiting
  • Collapse or coma

The RCMP is reminding citizens that if an animal is alert, standing upright and barking, they are likely not in distress.

Nova Scotia RCMP

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