The B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is reminding pet owners that summer temperatures can be deadly, especially for dogs left in parked vehicles. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress file)

Chilliwack RCMP already dealing with pets left in cars

Three calls have come in since May to rescue animals in distress, say RCMP

It’s barely summer but the Chilliwack RCMP have already dealt with a handful of calls related to pets left in vehicles.

Cpl. Mike Rail says local police have already responded to three complaints over May and June this year.

“In two instances the pets were fine and one resulted in police notifying the BC SPCA,” Rail told The Progress. “The pet was not injured.”

He reminds all pet owners of some very timely information to keep their furry friends safe.

“It can be harmful to a pet left in a parked vehicle for even a short period of time, especially on a warm day,” he said. “When out shopping or making frequent stops the safest bet is to leave your pet at home.”

Earlier this week, the BC SPCA issued its annual plea to pet owners to consider the same. They launched an online campaign called #NoHotPets, which includes information on the dangers of dogs in hot cars, steps to take if you see an animal in distress and free car decals upon request.

“Even on a cloudy day, parked in the shade with the windows rolled down, a vehicle can reach temperatures that put animals in peril in just 10 minutes,” said Lorie Chortyk, general manager of communications for the BC SPCA.

For more on the campaign see the following story:

READ MORE: BC SPCA launches #NoHotPets campaign this summer


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