Keeping Pets Out of Hot Cars

Photo of the blog author By Constable Mark McCabe,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 9:48 a.m. July 23, 2014
Updated: 11:09 a.m. July 23, 2014

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.

A woman in OSPCA uniform talks with a man holding a piece of paper
OSPCA officer Vivian LaFlamme hands out an awareness flyer about the dangers of leaving a pet unattended
  • A woman in OSPCA uniform talks with a man holding a piece of paper
  • A line of people in TPS auxiliary, YIPI and OSPCA uniforms in front of a temporary tent shelter
  • People exit a building as a man in OSPCA uniform gives a woman a flyer and boys and girls in YIPI uniforms hold flyers

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.

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