Victoria police responded to a vehicle where this dog was found in distress due to the heat after being left inside. (Photo courtesy of VicPD)

Victoria police responded to a vehicle where this dog was found in distress due to the heat after being left inside. (Photo courtesy of VicPD)

Two Victoria distress calls a reminder that hot cars can be fatal to dogs left inside

Victoria police found two dogs in a car with an internal temperature of 47 C on Friday

After two calls about distressed pets left in cars and with temperatures rising, Victoria police are warning that our four-legged friends start feeling the heat much sooner than we do.

VicPD responded to two distressed dogs in a vehicle that had its window cracked open on Friday. While the outside temperature was only about 16 C at the time, it was 47 C for the dogs inside the vehicle.

Police received another call about a poodle who was found yelping and panting in a vehicle. The dog, “desperate for shade,” was hiding under the steering column.

Animal control was needed in both cases and one dog was seized.

“A dog’s temperature rises more quickly than a human’s and a hot car puts their life in jeopardy,” a VicPD tweet said. “As #yyj weather warms please take care not to leave your pets in a parked vehicle. They deserve better.”

Temperatures in most of Vancouver Island’s main population centres are expected to be in the low 20s this weekend.

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