6 Dogs Perish in Canada after Being Left in a Hot Car

A search that had been underway for six missing dogs in Langley, British Columbia came to an end recently, after a dog walker admitted that the missing dogs had actually passed away in her hot car on May 13th. WGME 13 reported the tragic story. “The SPCA… will recommend that authorities pursue animal cruelty charges, said Marcie Moriarty, the organization’s chief prevention and enforcement officer.”

The dogs (Buddy, Teemo, Oscar, Mia, Salty and Molly) were left in the car for 45 minutes and all died of heatstroke, according to Petsearchers Canada spokeswoman Alesha MacLellan. MacLellan went on to say that, in a panic, the dog walker hid the bodies and told the owners they had been stolen. She admitted the truth only after a search effort had begun.

This shocking incident will undoubtedly leave a lasting effect on the pet parents involved. While nothing can mitigate the loss we hope that others will be reminded of the dangers that come with leaving a dog in a hot car, even with the windows down!

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It’s clearly not acceptable to leave dogs or any other animal in a car if the interior reaches temperatures described above, yet research in 2014 by Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, showed that more than one in 10 people know of a dog that has come to harm left in a parked car in hot weather. It says that under 20 minutes in a hot car can prove fatal to a dog should its body temperature exceed 41°C.

The RSPCA adds that when it’s 22°C outside, in a car it can reach 47°C within the hour. Both organisations say it’s still very dangerous for dogs even if the windows are left open (Dogs Trust claims this has no significant effect) or the car is parked in the shade.

If you see an animal in a hot car and displaying signs of heatstroke, the RSPCA advises calling 999, as it has have no power of entry, and taking photos/video. Don’t try to break in to the car unless you believe that the owner of the property that you damage would consent to the damage if they knew the circumstances, otherwise it could be classed as criminal damage.

Can Guinea Pigs live indoors?

Yes, they can. However, if you’re going to keep your Guinea Pig indoors, you should remember to:

  • Provide your Guinea Pig with a large enough hutch
  • Your Guinea Pig will need lots of exercise – between 3-4 hours day. You’ll need to provide a safe place away from other pets and dangers.
  • Locate the hutch away from draughts
  • And direct sunlight
  • Guinea Pigs have sensitive hearing, so locate your Guinea Pig away from loud noises. Eg: The television.
  • If you're keeping you Guinea Pig indoors during the winter, then avoid putting him outside during the day. This is because the impact of the cold weather, after the warmth of your centrally heated house could be a shock!

Requirements for dogs coming into Canada

Air transport

Dogs may require additional documentation when flying. Please check with your airline to determine whether you meet its requirements.

You should be aware of the companion animal container guidelines issued by the International Air Transport Association.

Necessary vaccines

Dogs imported into Canada must have all necessary vaccines depending on the age of dog. A dog that is less than 3 months of age at the time of import does not require rabies vaccination. However, proof of a dog's age must be provided on request.

Inspection fees, taxes and duties

If the shipment does not meet Canada's import requirement for rabies certification (even if the animal is being imported from the United States), the animal will be ordered to undergo vaccination against rabies at the owner's expense within two weeks of its arrival. For fee amounts refer to the CFIA Fees Notice.

Any applicable taxes or duties are calculated by the CBSA .

As indicated above, in certain cases, a shipment will need to be inspected by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Additional fees for the cost of the CFIA inspection will apply.

All fees must be paid at the time of inspection. Please note that domestic dogs originating from the United States are subject to an import inspection but are exempt from inspection fees.

Personal imports of pet food from the United States are allowed under specific conditions.

Personal imports of pet food from other countries are prohibited.

This tool is for information only. If you have questions about importing an animal into Canada, please contact us by phone at a CFIA area or regional office.

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