The OPP are protecting dogs from any sort of heat injury this summer, and they are asking for the public’s assistance. Police receive a lot of calls regarding dogs that are left in vehicles showing signs of distress due to the heavy summer heat.

The OPP report temperatures can rise above 65 degrees Celsius in minutes even with the windows cracked down, or under a shaded area. Those temperatures can cause heatstroke. Signs of heatstroke can be rapid panting, hot skin, or a dazed look. If the dog shows any signs, it’s advised to wrap them in a soaked towel of cool water and contact your veterinarian right away.

If you see a dog who looks to be in distress, take down the car’s make, model and license-plate number. If the owner cannot be found, call police or animal control and wait by the car for them to arrive.