Summer is officially here.
Warm weather is just around the corner, with temperatures forecast in the mid-to-high 20’s this weekend in Grande Prairie.
As a result of the rising heat, animals in hot cars is always a hot button issue this time of year.
“During the year, we do get a lot of calls about animals in vehicles. People will see a dog or a cat in a vehicle and feel that it’s maybe in distress. Often times, the animals aren’t in distress. They might be a little warm, a little uncomfortable. We really only become involved when an animal is truly in distress,” Ross Gear explained, Supervisor with Grande Prairie Enforcement Services.
Under a City Bylaw, it is required that vehicles are appropriately ventilated when leaving a child or animal inside unattended.
“If it’s reported to us, what we typically do is we contact the owner of the vehicle and just let them know that somebody has a concern. Most of the time people are very good, and will look after the animal right away,” said Gear.
It’s also not just pets they are looking out for.
“From time-to-time we will get a concern about a child that may be left in a vehicle. The only thing to remember there is, if you’re going to leave a child in a vehicle, the child has to be old enough that they can look after themselves. Certainly, we wouldn’t want anybody to leave a child in a vehicle for too long of a period.”
Gear adds if you spot a pet or child in a hot vehicle that you believe could be in distress, call the Citizen Contact Centre at 780-538-0300.