Kittens left in hot car while owner goes rafting

0 Several incidents of pets left in cars during recent heat wave
August 26, 2015 at 8:37 am  •  Posted in News by  •  0 Comments

People continue to leave animals in hot cars while shopping, or in the most recent case, while they go rafting on the Ottawa River.

On Sunday police were called to River Run Rafting when an employee saw several young kittens locked inside a vehicle in the parking lot.

The owner was rafting on the river, but the employee managed to find the person and make arrangements to have the kittens removed from the vehicle.



Renfrew OPP also responded to a call Saturday afternoon of a dog locked in a hot truck in the No Frills parking lot. As police arrived, the man was leaving. He was stopped an issued a warning.

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During last week’s heat wave there were three reports of dogs being left in hot cars in Renfrew. And late last week charges were laid from a similar incident in July, also in Renfrew.

On July 11th a number of people contacted police after seeing dogs in distress in a hot vehicle as the temperature was 32 degrees. The OPP obtained video footage which showed the suspect leaving the animals alone in the vehicle for longer than he admitted.

As a result, a 35-year-old Ottawa man has been charged with causing an animal to be in distress, contrary to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. He will appear in Renfrew Court on September 18th.



For the third time this week police responded to a call of a dog left in a hot car in Renfrew. Late Wednesday morning, with the temperature closing in on 30 degrees, the OPP were called to the parking lot on Raglan Street between Giant Tiger and the Renfrew Legion.

The female driver left before officers arrived, but a Quebec licence plate number was obtained and the SPCA will be following up.



Police are reminding people not to leave their animals in cars on hot days following two incidents at the Renfrew Wal-Mart on Monday.

With the temperature around 31 degrees and more like 40 with the humidity, according to Environment Canada, police received two separate complaints.

Just after 4:30 p.m., OPP officers and SPCA officials responded to a call about an animal in distress in a hot vehicle. The owner was found and warned for the offence of animal cruelty.

Officers then returned to the Wal-Mart parking lot just before 6 o’clock, after another report of a dog locked in a vehicle. The vehicle was gone when police arrived, but police had the licence plate number and followed up. Police are asking people to leave their animals at homes on hot days.

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