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Tragic end for a best friend

Barrie Advance
2 September 2008
Although summer is slowly coming to an end, I would like to remind people not to leave your pets unattended in your car.
I’m a police officer and I recently responded to a complaint regarding
a dog left in a pickup truck. The owner left both the windows
completely rolled down and tied the dog’s leash to the centre seatbelt
clip. The owner was even thoughtful enough to leave the dog some food
and water.

What the owner didn’t realize was that the leash wasn’t tied short
enough. The dog had enough slack to jump out the open driver side
window. Unfortunately the leash wasn’t long enough for the dog to jump
to the ground below.   As a result, the dog wound up strangling to death. The owner, who was
working in a nearby shop, came out when they saw me standing beside
their truck.

This person claimed that they had just checked the dog “10 or 15
minutes ago”, even though by this time, I had been on-scene for 40
minutes waiting for an OSPCA Investigator to attend.

Please, please don’t leave your pets in your vehicle for any reason.
You never know what could happen.

About the author

Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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