Leaving a hound-type dog in a Ford Focus parked in the Bridgewater hospital lot on the hottest day of the summer so far yielded the animal's owner a $697.50 fine under the province's animal protection law.
The person, a Colchester County resident, was issued the fine July 20 for leaving an animal in unattended motor vehicle in conditions that could cause distress. The outdoor temperature at the time of the call to police, at about 11 a.m., was 30 degrees C. The figure did not including humidity, which was forecast that day to eclipse 40 degrees C.
The windows of the Focus were open "some, but not much," said Sgt. David Ramey of the Bridgewater Police Service. The vehicle was in the South Shore Regional Hospital parking lot off Glen Allan Drive.
The animal was reported to be panting heavily and showing obvious signs of strain, the officer told LighthouseNOW.
The dog, estimated to be about two years old, wasn't in a condition dire enough to necessitate an assessment by a veterinarian, police said. The owner eventually showed up and police issued the ticket under the Animal Protection Act.
Ramey said police, on the same day, issued a warning to another individual for leaving a dog in a vehicle for a few minutes in the Gateway Plaza lot, located on the other side of town.
The municipal police department ticketed a New Brunswick woman on July 5 for leaving her Labrador-mix puppy in a Buick Verano on a day when the humidex approached 40 degrees C. That animal required a check-up a veterinarian before being turned back over to his owner.