Operation VALUE Brochure
No Hot Pets
HOT CARS CAN KILL
A dog’s normal body temperature is 39°C and a
temperature of 41°C can be withstood only for a very short
time before irreparable brain damage or death can occur.
Operation VALUE is a crime prevention initiative
designed to address areas of concern such as,
animals left unattended in vehicles, travelling safely
with your pet, suitable sheltering and safety during
cold weather. This initiative began in 2012 in the
York/GTA area and has progressed into a provincial
initiative, with events planned throughout the
The Ontario SPCA has partnered with the York
Regional Police, Toronto Police, Ontario Association
of Chiefs of Police, Halton Regional Police, Ontario
Provincial Police, Rama Police, Kingston Police,
Meaford Police, South Simcoe Police, Peterborough
Police, Georgina Fire Department, Ontario
Association of Veterinary Technicians, Ontario
Veterinary Medical Association, Vaughn Mills, Crime
Stoppers and Casino Rama Cares.
Signs of Heatstroke Include:
• Increased heart rate
• Excessive panting or drooling
• Confusion or disorientation
• Bright red gums
• Vomiting or diarrhea
• Collapse, seizure or coma
• Body temperature higher than 40°C
What to do
• If you find an animal left unattended in a vehicle, please call
• Move the dog out of the heat immediately.
• Use a hose or wet towels to start cooling the dog down. Do
not use ice. Offer the dog small amounts of water.
• Take the dog to a veterinarian immediately. Continue
cooling him with wet towels during the drive.
• If you’re unable to get to a veterinarian right away, monitor
his temperature and check for signs of shock. Stop the
cooling process when the dog’s temperature reaches 40°C
or his body temperature can drop too low and increase the risk
• Even if the dog cools down take him to a vet as soon as possible
as some medical problems caused by heatstroke may not show
up right away.
For more information, visit nohotpets.ca
Before hitting the road with your pets, make sure your dog or
cat is prepared for the journey ahead.
If you believe that an animal is in distress,
or to report suspected animal abuse,
24/7 call 310-SPCA
or email [email protected]
Pack the essentials like food, water,
medications and toys
Feed your pet at least four hours before leaving for your trip
Get your pet used to the car before taking them on a long trip
Confine your pet to the back seat either in a crate or by seatbelt
Do not let your pet stick their head outside the window
See more Travel Safety tips at ontariospca.ca/blog
THE OSPCA ACT – STANDARDS OF CARE
REQUIRES OUTDOOR DOGS TO HAVE THE FOLLOWING:
(1) Every dog that lives primarily outdoors must be
provided with a structurally sound enclosure for its use
at all times. (2) The enclosure must be weatherproofed
and insulated. (3) The size and design of the enclosure
must be adequate and appropriate for the dog. (4) A
chain, rope or similar restraining device used to tether a
dog that lives primarily outdoors, (a) must be at least 3
meters long; (b) must allow the dog to move safely and
unrestricted (except by its length); and (c) must allow
the dog to have access to adequate and appropriate
water and shelter.
-Ontario Regulation 60/09 – Made February 24, 2009
Some dog breeds can live outside during the winter if they are
provided with an insulated doghouse of the proper dimensions.
Dimensions are directly related to the size of the dog and are
critically important if the dog is to maintain warmth in the
doghouse with its own body heat.
It’s critical your pets stay warm during the winter months. Any
dog being kept outside at any time of the year needs to have a
proper and suitable dog house according to the Ontario SPCA
View our Ideal Doghouse brochure, by visiting
Cold Weather Safety
Pets need special care during cold temperatures. Here are a few
tips to help keep them safe during the winter months:
• Never leave your pet alone in a cold car
• Keep your pets warm. If it’s too cold for you to stay
outside, it’s too cold for your pet
• Wipe your pet’s paws and underside after being outside
• Ensure your pet has a thick bed or blanket away from
any drafts and off the cold floor
• Prepare an emergency pet survival kit
See more Cold Weather Safety tips at ontariospca.ca/blog
“DISTRESS” means the state of being in need of proper
care, water, food or shelter or being injured, sick or in pain or
suffering or being abused or subject to undue or unnecessary
hardship, privation or neglect.
PROHIBITIONS RE: DISTRESS, HARM TO AN ANIMAL
(2) No owner or custodian of an animal shall permit the
animal to be in distress. 2008, c.16, s. 8.
Every individual who commits an offence under clause
(1) (b) or (c) is liable on conviction to a fine of not more
than $60,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not
more than two years, or to both. 2008, c. 16, s. 16.
Criminal Code of Canada
Causing Unnecessary Suffering CC SEC. 445.1 (1) (A) Offence: Wilfully causing or permitting unnecessary pain, suffering or injury to an animal or bird.
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Neglect While Conveying CC SEC. 446 (1) (A)
Offence: Causing damage or injury to animals or birds
by wilful neglect while they are being driven
Abandonment CC SEC. 446 (1) (B)
Offence: Abandoning a domestic animal or bird over
which you have custody of while it is in distress or
wilfully neglecting or failing to provide suitable and
adequate food, water, shelter and care for it.
Ontario Highway Traffic Act
Insecure Load (section 111(2) of the HTA)
Offence: Dog loose in the back of a truck.
Careless Driving (section 130 of the HTA)
Offence: Dog on the lap of a driver.
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
(Ontario SPCA): Protecting animals since 1873, the Ontario
SPCA is a registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities
relying primarily on donations to fund animal protection, care and
rehabilitation; advocacy; and humane education. The Ontario SPCA
Act mandates the Society to enforce animal cruelty laws and provides
Society investigators with police powers to do so – making the Ontario
SPCA unique among animal welfare organizations in the province. The
Ontario SPCA is an affiliated with the Royal Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals.
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