Animals in Overheated Vehicles Survey

At the 2014 UBCM Convention, a resolution was passed requesting government action to enable local governments to enact bylaws allowing rescue of dogs left in overheated vehicles. In a recent Government of British Columbia news release, the Province has committed to reviewing and discussing the issue.

The Ministry of Agriculture is leading internal and external consultations with key stakeholders, including UBCM. The Province’s survey is seeking your feedback on best approaches to:

• Prevent an animal from being left in a hot vehicle; and,
• Effectively rescue an animal in distress in a vehicle.

Due to the Province’s time constraints, you are asked to respond to the survey by Friday, October 2, 2015. If you have any questions please contact Bhar Sihota, Policy Analyst, UBCM.

Background

Currently, only BCSPCA agents acting under the authority of BC’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and police officers acting under the authority of the federal Criminal Code are permitted to enter private property (i.e. a vehicle) to rescue animals in distress.

There are only 23 BCSPCA agents to cover the entire Province. The number of calls to the BCSPCA regarding animals in overheated vehicles has risen each year since 2013, and as of mid-August 2015 is already more than 60% higher in volume than at this time last year.

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