Fort Saskatchewan municipal enforcement is asking residents not to break any windows when they see dogs left alone in vehicles.
 
With reports of dogs left waiting in parked cars bound to increase as the hot weather continues, municipal enforcement supervisor Matt Lowther reminds residents that there are better ways to come to the rescue of pets in distress.
 
“Call us, let us know exactly what's going on, exactly where it's happening, and wait by the vehicle for us to arrive,” Lowther said.
 
Cars can heat up surprisingly quickly in the summer. The Alberta SPCA reports that on a hot day the temperature inside a vehicle can reach 51 degrees C in as little as 10 minutes. It doesn’t take long for dogs left in vehicles to begin showing symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, conditions that can lead to irreversible brain damage or death.
 
Although passers-by may be tempted, breaking a vehicle’s windows may not be the best rescue plan for a number of reasons.
 
“Besides there being a risk of somebody getting charged with damaging the vehicle, the animal isn't going to be familiar with you and it may react with aggression,” Lowther said.
 
Freed animals may also step on broken glass or run into traffic, putting themselves and drivers at risk.
 
“So if you see an animal in a vehicle, call us right away,” Lowther said. “We will get there quickly. And then we have the tools to deal with that situation in the most effective way.”

More Local News

Poor visibility in the heartland

Use extra caution on your drive to work.

École Campbelltown celebrate French heritage

As part of their month-long celebration “Mois de la francophonie albertaine” the students and staff of École Campbelltown held a special flag-raising ceremony for International Francophonie Day.

Update: region experiencing elevated pollution levels

Higher pollution levels are affecting the air quality.

Freedom Conservatives choose Malcolm Stinson for Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville

Malcolm Stinson was recently selected as the Freedom Conservative Party of Alberta candidate in Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville.

Two pedestrians hit in crosswalks

Keep an eye out for pedestrians.

Chamber hosting All Candidate Forum for provincial election

Residents will soon have the chance to hear from their candidates.

Operation Red Nose provides $5,600 in community grants

Several youth-based community groups recently received some funding.

Fort Sask Wellness Hub for Youth gaining support from local partners

A new project in the Fort is getting support from many different realms.

Public pool usage down in Redwater

Last summer wasn't the strongest for the Redwater Pool.

Warm weather increasing danger of thin ice

With spring on the way, ice safety is becoming more important.

DiscoverWestman.com is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login