Don’t leave your pet in the heat; it’s against the law!

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The City of Mississauga has warned residents that protecting their pets from extreme hot weather is their responsibility.

According to the City’s Animal Care and Control By-law 0098-04, no pet can be left outdoors during extreme weather unless the animal has access to adequate shelter. Pet owners could be liable for a variety of offences.

Here are some hot weather tips for dog owners:

  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activities with your pet.
  • Provide shade and cool water for your pet at all times.
  • Avoid pavement or surfaces that may burn sensitive paws.
  • Dogs with light pigments or short hair can suffer sunburn.
  • Bulldog or similar breeds may be more susceptible to breathing difficulties.
  • Remember: Never leave your pet alone in the car during extreme hot weather. It is not only dangerous but can be deadly and it’s against the law.

To report a pet in a vehicle, call Police or Mississauga Animal Services at  905-896-5858. For emergencies, call 911. – CINEWS

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