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Lower Sackville man fined for leaving dog in a car

Once the owner returned, he was handed a $697.50 ticket
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(Chris Halef/

A 71-year-old Lower Sackville man has been ticketed after RCMP say he left his dog in a car on a sunny, hot day.

Police received the report about the dog in distress in a Highway 2 parking lot near Fall River at around 3 p.m. on Saturday.

A passerby had already removed the animal from the vehicle before officers arrived. Once the owner returned, he was handed a $697.50 ticket for causing an animal distress.

"On a warm day, even with the windows open, a parked vehicle quickly becomes like a furnace and creates potentially fatal conditions for pets left inside," said Mounties in a news release. 

"When the temperatures start to climb, we encourage pet owners to not leave their pets unattended in vehicles, even for a few minutes."

If you spot an animal in a vehicle that appears to be in distress, RCMP recommend you do the following:

  • Look for the owner of the car. Go to nearby stores and have the owner paged.
  • If you cannot locate the owner, call your local police and stay at the vehicle until police arrive. Do not contact police unless the animal is obviously distressed.
  • If you are unsure if an animal is in distress, call the Nova Scotia SPCA at 1-888-703-7722.
  • Follow up by filing a report with the Nova Scotia SPCA either online or by phone, and be sure to note the vehicle's licence plate number.

Meghan Groff

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Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the community editor for
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