Dog left in vehicle in stifling heat; charges laid

(Newswatch Group/File)

MORRISBURG – A man from Laval, Que. is facing a criminal charge after a dog was found inside a vehicle at Upper Canada Village in the stifling heat.

SD&G O.P.P. received a call around noon Sunday about the Schnauzer dog in a vehicle in the parking lot at UCV, just east of Morrisburg.

Const. Tylor Copeland told Cornwall Newswatch the dog had been rescued by someone and brought indoors while the owner had been tracked down in the park.

Copeland couldn’t say how long the dog had been in the car but it could have been in the SUV for some time. “It’s not a trip to the grocery store,” he said.

The small dog was returned to its owner, who is also the accused, police said.

The 78-year-old accused was arrested and charged with failing to exercise reasonable care of an animal.

He was later released and will appear in a Morrisburg court Oct. 13.

The Ontario SPCA is reminding people who own pets to not leave them in vehicles during these hot summer months.

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