London, ON, July 4, 2019 - With the recent heat warning statement by Environment
Canada, Humane Society London & Middlesex (HSLM) reminds pet owners of the dangers
of leaving pets unattended in vehicles.
“The issue of owners leaving their pets unattended in vehicles during the hot summer
months is a serious, ongoing problem and puts animals’ lives at risk,” says Steve
Ryall, HSLM Executive Director.
Parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days
with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open. Pets have a limited
ability to sweat, so even a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening.
Signs of distress can include: vomiting, excessive drooling, convulsions, exaggerated
panting (or completely stopped panting).
Pet owners should also ensure that their animals always have access to fresh water
and opt to take pets for shorter, more frequent walks while avoiding asphalt due
to potential burns to the pads of their paws.
If you see an animal in distress or at risk in the City of London or the Counties
of Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford, call HSLM Animal Protection at 1-888-611-HSLM (4756)
ABOUT HUMANE SOCIETY LONDON & MIDDLESEX
Humane Society London & Middlesex was established as a non-profit, charitable organization
in 1899 and exists to improve the lives of animals in our community by providing
temporary shelter and appropriate new families for surrendered, unwanted or cruelly
treated animals. We rely on individual and corporate donations in order to care
for the animals in our community.