M.E. and YOU: Weekly Municipal Enforcement Messages

Posted On Monday July 15, 2019

With the hot temperatures outside, please remember to consider the health of our four legged friends. 

Our pets are unable to sweat and lower their body temperatures like people can. Dogs and cats only cool off through panting and through the pads of their paws.  Although your pets make great company while running errands, it is safer for them to stay home. The internal temperature of a parked vehicle can climb to dangerous levels in a short amount of time and can cause heat stroke in a little as ten minutes – even with the windows slightly opened or parking in the shade. 

If you see an animal in a vehicle, check for the following distress signs: 

  • Excessive panting or drool
  • Tongue is bright red or bluish/purple
  • Frantic behaviour trying to find a way out or cooler air
  • Lethargic and unresponsive
  • Loss of bowel control 

If any of these distress signs are present, take down the license plate number and the make/model of the vehicle and call Municipal Enforcement at 780-997-7930 or Fort Saskatchewan RCMP at 780-992-6100. Wait by the vehicle for help to arrive. 

Do not break the car window and remove the animal. Besides the risk of charges related to damage, the animal is unfamiliar with you and may react aggressively, it may escape and run into traffic or onto pieces of broken glass injuring its paws.   

Fort Saskatchewan is a Vision Zero community and asks, “What are you doing to make our roads safer?” For more information on Vision Zero please visit www.fortsask.ca/visionzero