Will Costa, a man from Kitchener, was attending a nearby concert when he heard an announcement to notify attendee’s to retrieve their animals from their vehicles. It was 28oC in Grand Bend, Ontario that day, and Will Costa acted in response.
Costa discovered a sweltering dog in a black BMW. It took him 20 minutes, and many attempts, but he successfully smashed through the car window to free the dog.
As bystanders aided to the dog’s thirst, Costa contacted authorities and they waited for the return of the owner(s). 50 minutes later, the owners returned, befuddled to the crowd, and their opened vehicle. Police escorted them to the station, while Costa was thanked for his diligence.
“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.”
Leaving an animal unattended in a vehicle falls under the Criminal Code of Canada, as well as the provincial SPCA. It is unknown whether these owners have been charged, while some of the charges can include possible jail time, a lifetime ban against owning animals, and up to $60,000 in fines.
Laws have been passing across Canada and the U.S. regarding the illegal nature of leaving animals and children unattended in vehicles, regardless of the weather.
Dogs and children don’t have the strength, nor the knowledge to free themselves safely from a trapped vehicle. Don’t leave them trapped, they love you too much for that.