Hot Dogs: Pet Patrols Watch for Dogs in Cars

A new program is keeping watch for dogs left in hot cars. (Photo: Shutterstock / Maria Komar)

A new program is keeping watch for dogs left in hot cars. (Photo: Shutterstock / Maria Komar)

Summer heat can be uncomfortable for all of us, but particularly so for dogs. Canines only methods of cooling off are sweating through the paw pads on their feet or panting to circulate cool air throughout their bodies. Considering their limited recourse in dealing with elevated temperatures, leaving a dog unattended in a parked car can be unintentionally torturous for the animal. Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, has taken steps to eliminate this by implementing a new program known as Pet Patrol.

Pet Patrol formed its ranks after an incident occurred that involved police breaking a car window to remove an overheating dog. Patrollers, wearing branded neon shirts, walk through parking lots at the mall each weekend looking for pets in distress. If they find a dog left in a car, they first attempt to page the owner. If this fails and the dog needs assistance, Pet Patrollers will then contact the authorities.

Rebecca Logan, marketing director for Mic Mac Mall, indicated to The Chronicle Herald that the program has greatly reduced incidences of canines being left in dangerous conditions and increased the capacity to contact the owners if such a situation arises.

“Since [the window-breaking incident in June] we have yet to find a pet in distress,” Logan told the source. “There have been a few isolated occasions where a pet has been found in an unattended vehicle, but the owners were located and the pet was not in any harm.”

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