One day at the Canadian tire store at about 6:30 p.m. I saw a white pick up truck parked with only one window opened about 2-3 inches. There was a dog in the car that was yelping and panting heavily. The windows were tinted but I could still tell the animal was in distress. I spoke to the customer service area at Canadian Tire and I don't know what they did after that. I was tempted to call 911 on my phone but I only thought that was for emergencies with people. If I had seen a child in there I would have phoned 911.
Is it a criminal offence to leave an animal in a vehicle under those cirscumstances? Is it appropriate to call 911 in those circumstances? I know animal control people would have gone home by then as I think they only work 9-5 jobs but I'm not sure. What number should be called if I encounter this situation again. It was disturbing to me and personally I believe the owner was exhibiting cruelty to his dog by leaving him in the truck on a hot day.
Please respond to this query. Thank you.
Editor's Note: 911 is for emergencies. If you feel that the animal is in great distress, call 911. If the animal is not, call the police administrative line at 1-888-579-1520. In this situation, you may also want to ask the store to help you via their public address system and a plate number. In emergencies, police can rescue the animal and can lay charges against the offender.