Operation V.A.L.U.E (Vulnerable Animals Left Unattended Everyday) is a crime prevention initiative designed to address areas of concern such a animals left unattended in vehicles, abandonment and safety while travelling with pets.
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) partnered in 2012 with the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, Ontario Provincial Police, Toronto Police Service, York Regional Police, Service Crime Stoppers, the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association and the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians to begin Operation V.A.L.U.E in the Greater Toronto Area, which has grown to a provincial initiative, with events planned throughout Ontario this summer.
41 Division Auxiliary officers along with YIPI (Youth In Policing Initiative) students and OSPCA officer Brad Dewar and his team were out this weekend for an Operation VALUE blitz at the Eglinton and Warden Walmart to bring awareness about leaving pets behind in hot vehicles.
The blitz was well received by community members. Some 1800 flyers and stickers were distributed to community members and left on vehicles in the parking lot.
While checking vehicles we came across a dog that was left behind in a vehicle. The dog was not in distress and the owner was quickly located and dog was checked by OSPCA officers. The dog owner was educated on the dangers of leaving a pet in a hot vehicle and received a warning. The vehicle plate will be kept on a permanent database for future reference in case the warning was insufficient in order to prevent the behaviour in the future.