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

dog playingThe 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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