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Children and animals left unattended in vehicles

A Public Service Announcement from the RCMP

Leaving small children and pets in vehicles with windows closed in the summertime is extremely dangerous. Although these situations don’t happen often, it only takes a few minutes for one incident to become a tragedy.

Any child left unattended in a vehicle, regardless of weather conditions, is a police matter. If you see a child left unattended in a vehicle, report to your local complaint line or, if the child is in visible distress, call 911 and follow the

dispatcher’s instructions.

Citizens who leave children unattended in vehicles could face a number of charges, depending on the circumstances, under the Criminal Code or under the Provincial Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Child Act.

Alberta RCMP reminds citizens that the best choice on hot days is to leave your dog at home. Before taking your dog, ask yourself: does your dog really need to come along?

On hot days, temperatures in vehicles can rapidly soar far higher than the outside temperature. The potential for something to go wrong is too high.

Before making the call, ask yourself: What behaviours is the animal displaying that make you feel it is in distress? Are the windows open in the vehicle? How long has the animal been in the vehicle? When in doubt, report it.

Albertans concerned about dogs in distress should call Alberta Animal Services at 403-347-2388. If Alberta Animal

Services determines the dog is in distress, they will call the RCMP.

Dog owners could be charged under the Criminal Code or under the Provincial Animal Protection Act.

-Submitted by Ponoka RCMP

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