Woman, 20, charged after dog left in Vaughan mall lot for about three hours: Cops

Temperature outside was 29C, police say

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A 20-year-old Toronto dog owner is facing charges after cops say a puppy was left in a sweltering car in Vaughan.

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York Regional Police were called on June 30 to the Vaughan Mills Mall parking lot after getting a call from a concerned citizen about a dog in distress in a locked car.

Police found a white Audi sedan with the doors locked and a small dog without water, panting and “lethargic” in the vehicle.

Officers used a baton to access the puppy through the sunroof and the pooch was placed in an air-conditioned police cruiser and given water.

An image released by York Regional Police of a dog rescued from a hot car in Vaughan on June 30, 2021.
An image released by York Regional Police of a dog rescued from a hot car in Vaughan on June 30, 2021.

Mall security footage showed the dog had been left in the car for nearly three hours in 29C weather.

The woman who owned the dog eventually returned to the vehicle and has been charged with cause animal to be in distress under the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act.

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Her name was not released.

Police are reminding pet owners to never leave pets unattended in a vehicle as the heat inside the car can rise quickly causing death.

Anyone who sees an animal alone in a vehicle on a hot day is asked to call 911.

kconnor@postmedia.com

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