Dog left in car at P.E.I. fes­ti­val re­sults in charges, $575 fine

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

A dog owner on P.E.I. has been given a $575 fine af­ter leav­ing his dog inside a car while at­tend­ing the Souris Sea­glass Fes­ti­val.

The RCMP got the call about the an­i­mal in dis­tress about 2 p.m. Sun­day at the park­ing lot of the fes­ti­val.

Fes­ti­val or­ga­niz­ers had made sev­eral un­suc­cess­ful at­tempts to lo­cate the owner of the car at the event be­fore call­ing po­lice.

The dog was re­leased from the ve­hi­cle by the RCMP once they ar­rived, said a re­port is­sued Mon­day by the po­lice force.

“The dog was be­gin­ning to show signs of dis­tress and im­me­di­ately ex­ited the ve­hi­cle once it was able to,” said the re­port. “Fes­ti­val staff were able to col­lect the dog and keep it safe un­til the owner ar­rived back at the ve­hi­cle.”

The man was is­sued a $575 fine un­der the new An­i­mal Wel­fare Act and given a fu­ture court date if he wished to dis­pute this mat­ter.

“The RCMP and Pro­vin­cial An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion Of­fi­cers and the P.E.I. Hu­mane So­ci­ety urge the pub­lic to make al­ter­nate ar­range­ments when trav­el­ling with pets. En­sure they are not left in closed ve­hi­cles for any length of time es­pe­cially in the hottest part of the day where tem­per­a­tures can be­come ex­treme in min­utes.”

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