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55-year-old
Daniel Stuart of Manitouwadge, Ontario has been found guilty in an animal
cruelty case after leaving his dog in a hot car in 2017.

Charge

The Thunder
Bay & District Humane Society arrived August 11, after the dog was found
seeking shade on the floor of a vehicle, the internal temperature of which was
39-degree Celsius.

A
veterinarian advised that the temperature was so high that had the rescue not
occurred when it did, the dog could have suffered brain damage – or even death.

Stuart has
been fined $200 as a result of the guilty verdict.

Legal
consequences

Senior
Inspector for the Ontario SPCA Lynn Michaud said:
 “There is no excuse to leave
an animal in a hot vehicle for any amount of time.

She added: “There
can be legal consequences if you leave an animal in an unattended vehicle,
which can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with
the vehicle parked in the shade and the windows slightly open.”

Other
species

The animal
agriculture industry has recently come under fire for the confined, oppressively
hot conditions of long and short-haul animal transport.

One long-haul journey recently resulted in 2,400 deaths of animals being moved from
Australia to the Middle East.

Were there
similar charges pressed in this scenario, fines for the animal deaths alone
would amount to $480,000.

Emily Court

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination....