The Ontario SPCA wants to remind the public of the danger of leaving pets unattended during the summer time.

An organization spokesperson says excuses such as; I left the window down or I wasn’t going to be gone long, are not acceptable, they say there is no excuse for leaving a pet unattended in a vehicle.

The Ontario SPCA has a zero tolerance policy and charges will be laid if animals are found to be in distress within a vehicle.

A spokesperson says dogs have a limited ability to sweat, so even a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening.

The spokesperson also says the organization is asking the public to share the dangers of leaving pets in vehicles using the hashtag #nohotpets on social media.

Chief Inspector Connie Mallory says people still aren’t getting the message about how dangerous it is to leave your pet in a vehicle, so they are driving home the point that it’s completely unacceptable.

Mallory says leave your pet at home, and if you must take your pet, make sure that someone is with it at all times.

If you observe an animal suffering in the heat call your local police.