Animal 'in distress’ in overheated vehicle; owner charged

Monte Sonnenberg

By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer




A Welland man was charged this weekend after a distressed dog was rescued from an over-heated vehicle in Port Dover.

Norfolk OPP were alerted to the situation on Market Street West Sunday afternoon around 4:45 p.m.

“Through investigation, it was determined that the owner had left the animal in the vehicle, which drew the attention of concerned citizens passing by,” Const. Ed Sanchuk of the Norfolk OPP said in a news release. “Police were contacted and, upon arrival, found that the animal appeared to be in distress. The dog was removed from the vehicle, at which time it was taken to a local veterinarian clinic for treatment.”

Sanchuk said the dog involved was large, adding the windows on the vehicle were partially open when police arrived. The windows were open enough that police did not have to break one to gain entry.

Sanchuk reminded the public that vehicle interiors can get incredibly hot in a short period of time when the sun is shining and the weather is warm. When the temperature is 26 degrees C outside, the interior of a vehicle in the shade will quickly rise to 32 degrees C. In full sun, the temperature of the same interior will rise to 71 degrees C.

“Never leave a pet unattended in a car at any time,” Sanchuk said. “If you can’t look after your dog in the vehicle, you’re better off leaving them at home where they will be comfortable.”

The Simcoe & District Humane Society has delayed its community service announcements about pets in vehicle due to cool weather this spring. In light of Sunday’s incident, SDHS executive director Cathie Hosken, of Vittoria, said the time has come to get that message before the public.

“People just need to be aware of the weather around them” Hosken said. “If you wouldn’t sit in your car because it’s too warm, it’s certainly too warm for your pet.”

Sanchuk said the dog will likely be released to the care of its owner pending payment of veterinary and boarding fees.

William Edwin Wylde, 77, has been charged with animal cruelty.

Monte Sonnenberg

519-426-3528 ext. 150


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