Man Who Left Dog In Hot Car Found Guilty Of Animal Cruelty

One SPCA representative said 'there is no excuse to leave an animal in a hot vehicle for any amount of time'
Dog Left In Hot Car
The 'Shepherd-type' dog reportedly narrowly avoided brain injury

55-year-old Daniel Stuart of Manitouwadge, Ontario has been found guilty in an animal cruelty case after leaving his dog in a hot car in 2017.


The Thunder Bay & District Humane Society arrived August 11, after the dog was found seeking shade on the floor of a vehicle, the internal temperature of which was 39-degree Celsius.

A veterinarian advised that the temperature was so high that had the rescue not occurred when it did, the dog could have suffered brain damage - or even death.

Stuart has been fined $200 as a result of the guilty verdict.

Animal Cruelty Charges
In many countries, cruelty laws vary based on species

Legal consequences

Senior Inspector for the Ontario SPCA Lynn Michaud said: "There is no excuse to leave an animal in a hot vehicle for any amount of time.

She added: "There can be legal consequences if you leave an animal in an unattended vehicle, which can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with the vehicle parked in the shade and the windows slightly open."

Other species

The animal agriculture industry has recently come under fire for the confined, oppressively hot conditions of long and short-haul animal transport.

One long-haul journey recently resulted in 2,400 deaths of animals being moved from Australia to the Middle East.

Were there similar charges pressed in this scenario, fines for the animal deaths alone would amount to $480,000.

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