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If a car can do this in the summer:

Why would anyone want to leave their dog in there?

(Random internet photo)

If you see a dog in a car on a hot day in possible distress, please call the police. You might be saving a life.

Update: Unfortunately, hours after this was posted, a couple left their dog in their car while they went shopping at Vaughan Mills mall. The dog died:

2 people charged after dog dies inside parked car
Dog dies in hot car at Vaughan Mills mall parking lot

And another:

Dog found locked in hot car at Sherway Gardens mall

5 Comments to “Baking Cookies in Your Car”

  1. Such a sad story :( Why don't we leave the owners in the car and see how they like it.

  2. What goes through some people's minds when they make some decisions. I seriously don't understand how some one could come to the idea that leaving a dog in a car in a super hot day was ok.

  3. GoLightly says:

    I have a completely cynical comment to make, sorry. OSPCA recognizes this as "Unnecessary suffering". They might even get busy enough to do something about it. Fining these young people isn't going to do much. They already have made complete fools of themselves, too late to change that now.

    A farmed animal may be transported without any provisions for their welfare on their journey, however long or short it is. Same with dogs sold at auction. Puppy mill-bred dogs. Do you think they worry about the dogs in their crates, ever? If they make it, they make it, more to be bred anyway. Cheap little buggers to farm, dogs.
    That's NECESSARY suffering, not illegal, and for now, that's the only sad difference. No-one would notice a suffering dog at an auction. They are normal.

    Those kids that cooked their dog, went to Woofstock first. Maybe Woofstock should display banners next year for the idiots. DO NOT COOK YOUR DOG.

    Horrifying, how cruel we thoughtlessly are, yet how thoughtful we are of other people's necessities for cruelty. A dog in a cramped airless cage all his life is fine. Just don't cook him in public.
    Spay and neuter, folks.

  4. CJ says:

    Such a lack of consideration for another living thing. Glad those fools were charged and that the news had it as a lead story to hopefully educate more people on the obvious. This will be the first thing I will mention in my puppy classes this week.

  5. 001mum says:

    We didn't go to this "Woofstock thingy" and WOULD never go with a dog in the heat we had this past weekend. If I went, pup would have stayed home.
    Why anyone would take a dog in this heat to a crowded city event and THEN lock their dog in a boiler of a car? What were they thinking?............oh,
    they weren't.
    Pup was probably already dedhydrated.
    No way they are animal lovers, NO WAY.
    Has common sense departed humanity? This young couples ignorance is beyond belief. I am speechless with disgust.
    Let's all casually be aware as we pass through parking lots for not only pets but the elderly who are often left in a hot car to wait for someone to do a bit of shopping. ( I can not even broach the idea of children in a hot car)

    If you have to go to the bathroom when out with your dog, (and let's face it is a need for us too)park in some shade,give your pet some water, open the windows enough and bolt thyself into the nearest FFO (fast food outlet) and bolt directly back out and let the animal out of the vehicle as you (if you have it) ramp up the a/c to cool the auto prior to driving away.
    I very strongly propose this "Woofstock thingy" be held in the fall or earlier in the spring season as well as in a more urban, greener space that is suitable for companion animals so as to be less stressed from crowds and hot concrete.
    In 6 years of fostering pups I have never gone to W/S due to the heat. I would never put a dog through that chaos.
    Bass Pro outlet (as far as I know) welcomes dogs and this couple could have taken pup inside, and one of them could have shopped in the mall while the other walked around Bass Pro.

    I carry an emergency glass cutter in my car. It is just in case of an accident and I need to open a locked door to pull someone out. I would use it while I called 911 & would give police exactly 15 seconds to respond,before i pulled any victim out -impatient person that I am.

    Bless our beloved companion animals who unconditionally trust us stupid humans.

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