Four Quebec City hospital employees have been suspended after coming to the aid of a dog stuck in a hot car this summer.
The incident occurred in early July at Quebec City’s L’Enfant-Jésus Hospital.
Employees brought the dog into an air-conditioned office for about four hours and gave it water. Two separate unions that represent the four employees said their members received suspensions ranging between three and eight days.
A spokesman for the hospital centre said in a statement the employees were sanctioned because they contravened rules that forbid most animals from being inside the hospital.
Agree that common sense should have prevailed. While an exception to the rule, stern warning over the prospective contamination of a clean-space by a dog should have sufficed. Most likely, we wouldn't be reading this story had 11 people died as a byproduct of some pathogen introduced by the dog.
So we have four compassionate hospital employees that come to the aid of a dog who could have died in a hot car. These employees are sanctioned, by the hospital for bringing the dog inside the hospital to give it water? Really? Dogs are not allowed in the hospital. Doesn't common sense prevail and this is an exception to the rule? Guess not.
I'm wondering who (at the hospital) should be locked in a hot car.