A dog left in the back seat of a vehicle died last week, Norfolk OPP reported on Sunday.
OPP responded to an animal complaint at a Norfolk address on July 8 at about 5 p.m.
It was learned that the owner was running several errands when they returned home and forgot about their family pet in their vehicle. Upon realizing that their dog was not in the house the owner returned to the vehicle and found the dog dead in the back seat.
OPP notes that on a day where the temperature is 26 degrees Celsius, the temperature inside a vehicle parked in the shade reaches 32 degrees Celsius. If temperatures in a vehicle left in the sun can reach 71 degrees Celsius.
Dogs and cats pant to cool themselves, but this is ineffective when they are surrounded by heat. On summer days the air and upholstery in your vehicle can heat up to high temperatures that make it impossible for pets to cool themselves.
The OPP is urging all pet owners to leave their animals at home or with a trusted family member or friend so they can stay in a cool comfortable place.
The investigation is continuing and charges are pending, said OPP.