RCMP charges 71-year-old man for leaving dog in hot car

At approximately 3 p.m. on June 5, police were notified of a dog in distress in a parking lot on Hwy. 2 in Fall River.

Fall River, Nova Scotia – Halifax District RCMP has charged a 71-year-old Lower Sackville man for leaving a dog in a car in Fall River.

At approximately 3 p.m. on June 5, police were notified of a dog in distress in a parking lot on Hwy. 2 in Fall River. A passerby opened the car door and took the dog out prior to police arriving. The owner returned to his vehicle, and police issued a Summary Offence Ticket for Causing an Animal Distress under section 26(1) of the Animal Protection Act. This offence carries a fine of $697.50.

On a warm day, even with the windows open, a parked vehicle quickly becomes like a furnace and creates potentially fatal conditions for pets left inside. When the temperatures start to climb, we encourage pet owners to not leave their pets unattended in vehicles, even for a few minutes.

RCMP charges man for leaving dog in hot car
RCMP charges man for leaving dog in hot car

Here are things to do if you come across an animal in a vehicle that appears to be in distress:

Look for the owner of the car. Go to nearby stores and have the owner paged.

If you cannot locate the owner, call your local police and stay at the vehicle until police arrive. Do not contact police unless the animal is obviously distressed.

If you are unsure if an animal is in distress, call the Nova Scotia SPCA at 1-888-703-7722.

Follow up by filing a report with the Nova Scotia SPCA either online or by phone, and be sure to note the vehicle’s licence plate number.

File # 21-66561

Halifax District RCMP



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