I know it's very hard to tell from the glare on the windows, but inside this truck was a small collie. There I was, chillaxin' in my house when the "man" came home from a walk to the store. He came through the door and asked me if I thought it was hot enough that a dog could be in danger being left in a vehicle today. I knew it was hot out, so I instantly replied "yes, most definitely, why??" It was then that he told me as he was walking home, there was this truck parked on the road, and a dog inside barking his little lungs out. He continued to tell me that the windows were cracked a tiny bit, but he saw no sign of the owner of the truck anywhere.
I went on a mission...
I didn't even hesitate. I asked my oldest daughter to throw her shoes on, we were going for a walk. I found the truck right away, and already this was about 8 minutes from the time "the man" had told me about the dog to begin with. I inspected the dog the best I could. While he was panting, he didn't seem distressed... yet. So, I waited, and I waited, the owner did not turn up. I have the Ontario SPCA #NoHotPets phone number in my contacts, and I knew it was time to make the call. I provided them the address of which the truck was located, the license plate etc... then we waited some more. I was not going to leave this dog. When I saw the collie lay down on the back seat of the truck, and noticed the panting had indeed worsened, I was about to phone the police. The OSPCA was just not getting there quick enough. I pulled my phone out, and low and behold, down comes the owner of the truck out of some apartment he had been in. He looked at me, I assume wondering why I was standing next to his truck. I proceeded to tell him his dog may be suffering, and how dangerous it is to leave a dog in a vehicle on a hot day, of course he could care less. As he got into his truck, I loudly let him know I had phoned in his plates to the OSPCA, and mentioned he should get his dog some water ASAP! He simply drove away.
It's still summer, and it's STILL hot! Do not leave your dogs in the vehicle! #NOHOTPETS— Jenna Drady (@HuskyCrazed) August 31, 2015
The best thing I can take out of this, is that when the man came back to the dog and his truck, his dog did seem ok, and happy to see him. If I had of made it to the point of phoning the police, I already had planned in my head what my words were going to be - "I am standing in front of a truck with a dog locked inside. I have called the OSPCA, but if someone does not come soon, I will break this window if I think the dog's life is in danger." Would I have broken that window? Yes! If no one came to help this dog (including the police)... I would have done everything in my power to make sure that the dog was ok. Period.
I would love to know:
Did I do the right thing? Should I have acted more drastic?
What would you have done?