Reminder from BCSPCA as heat wave takes hold

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

As the summer heat wave continues with no end in sight, the BCSPCA says people are still leaving their pets inside of hot vehicles.

SPCA manager Lorie Chortyk says they are being swamped with phone calls reporting pets locked inside of vehicles.

“Well this time of year we start to get so many calls about dogs needing to be rescued from hot cars. Pulling up the numbers from our cruelty hotline in June we responded to 228 calls. We know that number is just going to up and up as the weather gets hotter in July and August.”

Chortyk says in each of those 228 cases they were able to rescue the pet before tragedy struck.

She says dogs don’t sweat likeĀ  people and if they are left in a hot vehicle they can die in as little as ten minutes.

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