The public is becoming more vigilant about reporting animals being left in vehicles, says Kings District RCMP community policing officer Blair MacMurtery.
“Calls of this nature have been on the increase,” MacMurtery said on July 10.
A court case, following the death of a dog left in a car in Wolfville last summer, recently concluded with a Lunenburg County man convicted under the Animal Protection Act of Nova Scotia. On June 25, Jason Remai, 37, was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine or serve 90 days in custody for failing to provide his dog with reasonable protection from injurious heat. MacMurtery believes the case raised awareness about the importance of reporting similar incidents.
On July 8 and 9, Kings RCMP responded to five calls where dogs had been left in vehicles. These complaints were lodged in New Minas, Greenwood and Wolfville. On each of these days, temperatures hovered around the 30 degree Celsius mark. No charges were laid as many of the drivers had moved on by the time police arrived, but some of the reports are under further investigation.
Another animal welfare call was made to RCMP on July 8 about a cat that had reportedly been left alone at a Gaspereau Avenue residence in Wolfville for three weeks. While food had been left for the cat, it was found to be skinny and in distress. Kings SPCA was called in to assist.
“It is very important for people to understand animals can suffer very quickly in the type of heat we are experiencing. They get can get in distress in a matter of minutes, even in ventilated areas,” MacMurtery said.