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From the SPCA website What you should do:
If you see an animal in distress in a parked vehicle, here’s the steps to take:
Note the license plate, vehicle colour, make and model and ask managers of nearby businesses to page the owner to return to their vehicle immediately;If the animal is in distress, call your local animal control agency, police, RCMP or the BC SPCA hotline at 1-855-622-7722 as soon as possible.
The call centre is open seven days a week, Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sunday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.Emergencies outside of those hours should be reported to your local police department or RCMP.
What not to do
Break the window
While most people mean well when they say they’d be willing to break a glass window to get an animal out of a roasting vehicle, it’s strongly recommended you don’t.
Only RCMP, local police, and BC SPCA Special Constables have the authority to enter a vehicle lawfully to help a pet in distress.Not only are you putting yourself at risk when you break a glass window, but you also risk harming the dog.
Leave the A/C on
You may have seen the sign on a vehicle saying, “the A/C is on.” Some may think this is an option, but it is not a good one. Your pet can still end up at risk if the air conditioning stops working, it’s not a guaranteed solution. It’s best to simply leave your dog at home where there’s more space, water and shade
Dealing with pet heatstroke
Signs of heatstroke include:
Exaggerated panting (or the sudden stopping of panting);Rapid or erratic pulse;Salivation, anxious or staring expression;Weakness and muscle tremors or lack of coordination;Convulsions or vomiting, and collapse.
If the animal is showing signs of heatstroke and you’re able to safely and lawfully move the animal out of the vehicle, do the following:
Move the animal to a cool, shady place;Wet the animal with cool water.Do not apply ice as this will constrict blood flow and discourage cooling;Fan the animal to promote evaporation.This cools the blood, helping to reduce the animal’s core temperature;Allow the animal to drink some cool water (or to lick ice cream if no water is available);Take the dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible for further treatment.