Hal­i­fax po­lice res­cue dogs from swel­ter­ing car, give owner steep fine

Kingston Whig-Standard - - NATIONAL NEWS -

HAL­I­FAX — It was Hal­i­fax po­lice who let the dogs out — and then fined their owner al­most $1,750 for al­legedly leav­ing them in a swel­ter­ing car.

Passersby spot­ted the dogs at 12:40 p.m. Thurs­day on Clyde Street, near the cor­ner of Queen Street near the city’s down­town li­brary, and called po­lice.

“The caller in­di­cated they had ob­served the dogs in the car for about five min­utes,” po­lice spokesper­son Cindy Bay­ers said Fri­day.

“The dogs ap­peared to be in dis­tress, though the win­dow was open slightly, and enough for of­fi­cers to open the door to let the two dogs out .... They put them in shade and gave them some wa­ter.”

The owner re­turned at 1:30 p.m., and po­lice handed out two $697.50 fines for leav­ing the dogs in an unat­tended ve­hi­cle in po­ten­tially dis­tress­ful con­di­tions, and a third ticket for $352.50 for hav­ing an un­li­censed dog.

Bay­ers said peo­ple should leave pets at home, use a drive-thru, bring a friend to stay with them, or shop at pet-friendly stores.

Do not, she said, smash the win­dow, as pop­u­lar so­cial me­dia posts sug­gest.

“What we tell peo­ple to do when they see a pet in im­me­di­ate dis­tress, is to call 911 and take di­rec­tions from the call taker at that point,” she said.

“When peo­ple act to break a win­dow, which is what peo­ple seem to think is the com­mon re­sponse, they open them­selves up to is­sues. There could be charges in terms of dam­age to prop­erty.”

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