Owner charged af­ter dogs res­cued from car

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - Newsroom@Jour­nal­Pi­oneer.com

A dog owner has been charged af­ter al­legedly leav­ing five dogs in a ve­hi­cle for more than a half hour in 30-de­gree heat.

Summerside po­lice said they were called to a lo­cal store on July 21 around 3 p.m.

They ob­served five dogs locked in a ve­hi­cle that was not run­ning. The dogs had no wa­ter and the ve­hi­cle’s windows were down only marginally.

The dog owner was lo­cated and charged un­der the new An­i­mal Wel­fare Act. The leg­is­la­tion came into ef­fect about a month ago, and po­lice say this is one of the first charges laid un­der the new Act.

The leg­is­la­tion states: “No per­son shall cause or per­mit an an­i­mal to be sub­jected to con­di­tions, that, un­less im­me­di­ately al­le­vi­ated, will cause the an­i­mal se­ri­ous harm or death.”

The fine for a first of­fense is $500.

Po­lice did not have to forcibly en­ter the ve­hi­cle to get the dogs out. The owner was found in short or­der and un­locked the car.

The dogs were im­me­di­ately pro­vided with wa­ter, cooled off and did not suf­fer pro­longed dis­tress.

Po­lice are re­mind­ing pet own­ers not to leave their pets in ve­hi­cles unat­tended, es­pe­cially on hot days. The tem­per­a­ture in­side a parked car can soar and leav­ing the windows down an inch does not pro­tect pets.

“If you’re go­ing shop­ping, leave your pet at home,” po­lice said in a re­lease.

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