The OPP is reminding pet owners not to leave their pets unattended in a motor vehicle after receiving several complaints during the recent heat wave.
On a day where the temperature is 26 degrees Celsius, the temperature inside a vehicle parked in the shade reaches 32 degrees, and 71 degrees if the car is in the sun.
Dogs and cats pant to cool themselves, but this is ineffective when heat surrounds them.
OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk says owners leaving a pet in a hot car can face charges that include causing unnecessary suffering, injuring or endangering an animal, or neglect of an animal.
People need to contact the OSPCA or police if they see an animal alone in a vehicle.