The Happy Valley-Goose Bay SPCA is warning dog owners in Labrador to leave their four-legged friends at home in hot temperatures.
The warning comes after several news items as of late, regarding dogs being left in vehicles on a hot day. Just two weeks ago in St. John’s, a small dog was rescued from a hot car in the parking lot of Costco, after a police officer busted out the window.
“Common sense should tell someone that leaving a dog in a vehicle on a hot day is not right,” said Lee Hill, president of the HV-GB SPCA.
“Unfortunately, some people still don’t see anything wrong or dangerous in taking their dog with them while running errands or whatever, on a 20+ to 30+ degree day.”
Hill believes many people are of the mistaken notion that leaving a couple of windows down even a few inches, is enough to keep their animal cool for an indefinite period of time.
“Even on a somewhat cool summer day, temperatures in parked vehicles can become dangerous in a manner of minutes, never mind a 30+ degree day,” said Hill.
If a dog has only hot air to breathe, it’s normal cooling process — panting — doesn’t work, noted Hill.
“They can die within minutes from heat exhaustion,” she said, noting they would exhibit symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, lack of coordination, glazed eyes, weakness or muscle tremors, convulsions or vomiting, or unconsciousness, before succumbing to the heat.
Hill said if anyone should ever…