Terrace RCMP say they get an average of one call a day for animals left in hot vehicles during the summer.
Constable Angela Rabut says the temperature in a parked car can climb to dangerous levels for pets within ten minutes, even if the vehicle is parked in the shade with the windows open.
Look for the owner of the car, record the vehicle description and license plate number, and try to have the owner paged.
Rabut says before you call for help, be sure to look for signs that the animal is in distress.
If you do see some of those signs, Rabut advises calling animal control officials at 250-615-4031.
If not able to reach animal control, call Terrace RCMP at 250-638-7400 and stay with the vehicle until the officer arrives