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Don’t leave pets unattended in vehicles

Police remind pet owners of hazards of leaving animals in vehicles during summer months

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Summer can be a great time of year for your pets — except when they are left unattended in a vehicle in the sweltering daytime heat.

Having recently responded to a number of such reports, the Winnipeg Police Service is reminding individuals not to leave their pets in parked vehicles for any period of time without proper ventilation or access to water.

In a recent news release, officials say that even on a warm day, a vehicle parked in the shade with its windows slightly open can have a "devastating impact" on any animal inside when extreme temperatures are reached.

If you see an animal in a parked vehicle this summer and are concerned for its well-being, police advise that you notify the manager of the business closest to the vehicle to try and find the owner as soon as possible. If necessary, you should also contact police.

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