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Pair plead guilty to causing distress, after leaving dog in a hot car

A terrier-type dog was seen panting heavily inside a vehicle
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Two Thunder Bay residents were fined after pleading guilty to leaving a dog unattended in a vehicle. 

Veish Wasilewski, 68, and Barbara Kozolowski, 66, pled guilty in a Thunder Bay court on August 31, to one count each of causing an animal to be in distress. The Justice of the Peace fined them each $200.

On June 18, an Ontario SPCA officer with the Thunder Bay and District Humane Society responded to a call about a dog left in a vehicle outside a business in Thunder Bay. A terrier-type dog was seen panting heavily inside a vehicle. A temperature probe placed through the window showed an eye-popping 38°C.

The officer found the owners and removed the dog from the vehicle.

The dog’s owners were ordered to immediately have the dog examined by a veterinarian. That examination revealed that the dog was suffering from a very high body temperature and was kept for observation at the veterinary clinic before being released. 

“Due to the quick response of the officers, this situation was addressed before serious injury occurred,” says Lynn Michaud, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA.