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Halifax police rescue dogs from sweltering car, give owner steep fine

(Meghan Groff/NEWS 95.7)

HALIFAX — It was Halifax police who let the dogs out  and then fined their owner almost $1,750 for allegedly leaving them in a sweltering car.

Passersby spotted the dogs at 12:40 p.m. Thursday on Clyde Street, near the corner of Queen Street near the Library, and called police.

“The caller indicated they had observed the dogs in the car for about five minutes,” police spokesperson Cindy Bayers said Friday.

“The dogs appeared to be in distress, though the window was open slightly, and enough for officers to open the door to let the two dogs out …. They put them in shade and gave them some water.”

The owner returned at 1:30 p.m., and police handed out two $697.50 fines for leaving the dogs in an unattended vehicle in potentially distressful conditions, and a third ticket for $352.50 for having an unlicensed dog.

Bayers said people should leave pets at home, use a drive-thru, bring a friend to stay with them, or shop at pet-friendly stores. If people do see any animals in distress inside a vehicle, they are encouraged to call 9-1-1.

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