With scorching temperatures expected to stick around for the next while, Terrace RCMP are reminding residents about what they can do if they see an animal inside a vehicle.
If the animal appears to be in distress, look for the owner of the car, take down the description and license plate number and try to have the owner paged. Attempt to provide shade or water for the animal, call animal control (250 615-4031) and stay with the vehicle until the officer arrives.
Signs of an animal in distress include:
• Exaggerated panting
• Rapid or erratic pulse
• Anxious or staring expression
• Weakness and muscle tremors
• Lack of coordination
• Red or blue tongue and lips
• Convulsions or vomiting
• Collapse or coma
RCMP say if an animal is alert, standing upright, and barking, it likely not in distress.
Putting an animals at risk also puts pet owners at risk of receiving a $100 fine under Terrace Animal Control Bylaw.