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01 May 2015 - 10 Minutes to DisasterWarning - this news article expired on 2015-06-01. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable

10 Minutes to Disaster – Animals Left In Hot Cars                        

If it’s hot, your pet may be in trouble!

During warm weather pet guardians must take precautions against the danger of heat exhaustion and heatstroke for their pets.  The temperature in a parked car, even in the shade with the windows partly open, can rapidly reach a level that will seriously harm or even kill your pet.

Dogs (and cats) cool themselves by panting and by releasing heat through their paws.  On summer days, the air and upholstery in your vehicle can heat up to high temperatures that make it impossible for pets to cool themselves.  Your dog will be more comfortable if left at home.

The Belleville Police encourage the public to contact the Police Service if they see a situation where an animal may be in such distress. Officers will be dispatched to assess the situation, and charges may be laid against people responsible.

For more information you may call the Belleville Police Service Information line (613) 966-0882 or the Quinte Humane Society (613) 968-4673.