Province Looks For Options to Rescue Pets from Hot Vehicles
Prince George, B.C. – The Province is looking for ways to make it easier to rescue animals that are suffering distress because they are in a locked, hot vehicle.
It only takes 20 minutes in a hot car for a dog, or other pet, to succumb to heat exhaustion.
Causing the animal that distress can lead to charges under B.C.’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The act also provides authority to SPCA officers to enter locked vehicles to relieve animals from critical distress.
So far this year, the SPCA has received more than 1,200 calls about animals left in hot vehicles. While the vast majority of those calls are in the lower mainland, RCMP Corporal Craig Douglass of the Prince George Detachment says members respond to a few of these types of calls each summer in Prince George as well.
The Provincial Government will be in consultation this fall with the SPCA, Police, the B.C. College of Veterinarians, UBCM and local governments to increase the options to rescue animals that have been left in cars and are suffering heat related distress.
The Government plans to have the changes in place by next spring.
In the meantime, anyone who spots an animal in distress in a vehicle, is urged to contact the BC SPCA’s Animal Cruelty Hotline at 1-855-622-7722.