A dog owner faces charges after a puppy was left in a hot car in a parking lot in Vaughan, York police said.
On June 30, a concerned passerby called the police and reported seeing a dog in distress in a locked car in the Vaughan Mills Mall parking lot.
York Police said officers found a puppy trapped in a white Audi in the parking lot. The dog was panting heavily, appeared to have no access to water, and was lethargic.
A police officer opened the car door with a baton through a small opening in the car’s sunroof, the police said.
According to police, the dog was given water and taken to the rear of the air-conditioned patrol car.
The mall’s safety footage showed the dog was left in the car for almost three hours that day at 29 ° C.
The dog’s owner, a 20-year-old female from Toronto, has been charged under the Provincial Animal Welfare Services (PAWS) Act.
The police confirm that the dog has been returned to the owner.
York Regional Police remind owners to never leave their pets alone in a vehicle as internal temperatures can exceed those outside. Pets can overheat and become dehydrated, which can cause serious injury or death.
The police ask anyone who sees a distressed pet in a hot car to call 9-1-1.