On a hot Ontario day recently, a little dog found itself alone inside a sweltering black car where temperatures had climbed to a dangerous 28 degrees celsius.
A heroic bystander used a rock to smash one of the car windows to release the distressed animal just in time.
“The dog was completely soaked. The owners didn’t show up for another 50 minutes,” Costa told CTV. “I believe in another 50 minutes it could have been fatal.”
It took about 20 minutes and several attempts to break the window, according to Costa. Police were then contacted, while other bystanders gave some water to the ailing dog.
Will Costa was attending a festival nearby when he heard that a dog was trapped in the car. Realizing that the owners would probably not get back before it was too late he took matters into his own hands. Heading over to the car Costa noticed that there was another man with the same idea.
Apparently, police also arrived and allegedly detained a young couple who they believed to be owners of the dog.
RSPCA Guidelines clearly state that ‘dogs die in hot cars’
“Never leave your dog alone in a car on a warm day. If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, dial Emergency Services.”
“Many people still believe that it’s ok to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they’re parked in the shade, but the truth is, it’s still a very dangerous situation for the dog.
“A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When it’s 22 degrees celsius outside, inside a car the temperature can quickly reach an unbearable 47 degrees celsius within the hour.”
Cool your dog with a bucket of water – You need to have this in your car!