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Williams Lake shoppers reminded not to leave pets in vehicles

Williams Lake shoppers are being given a helping hand in keeping their pets safe as some businesses support bringing pets into the store.
A dog sits in a vehicle.

Williams Lake shoppers are being given a helping hand in keeping their pets safe as some businesses support bringing pets into the store.

The BC SPCA is also reminding the public, breaking a vehicle window to remove an animal is illegal and can result in injury to the person and the animal.

Only police and BC SPCA animal protection officers have the authority to enter a vehicle to help an animal.

Instead of breaking the window, BC SPCA asks the public to take note of the license plate, vehicle colour, make and model and ask local businesses to page the owner to return to their vehicle. If the animal is exhibiting exaggerated panting, or not panting at all on a hot day, is salivating, or shows an anxious or staring expression, muscle tremors or lack of coordination, convulsions, vomiting, or collapse, call police or the BC SPCA Animal Helpline at 1-855-622-7722.

Callers should also be prepared with location information including city and detailed landmarks.

A list posted by a downtown Williams Lake business owner shared out a list of local businesses welcoming well-behaved, leashed pets into the store.

Home Hardware, Windsor Plywood, Cleanway Supplies, Tasco Supplies, Cariboo Custom Monogram, Walk Rite Shoes, Cariboo Water, Still North Design Co., Johnston Meier Insurance, Cariboo Chevrolet, The Open Book, Chief Will-Yum gas station, Integra Tire, Allways Travel, Canadian Tire, Surplus Herbies, Mr. Otto Glass, Dance In Common, Don Brown & Son Plumbing & Heating, Hub International in Boitanio Mall, Burgess Plumbing, Heating & Electrical Co. Ltd, Cool, Clear Water, Beaver Valley Feeds, Country Cottage Hair Salon (with OK from clients), Williams Lake & District Credit Union, Williams Lake Visitor Centre, WL Forestry Supplies/NAPA, Western Financial, The Brick, Schickworks, Cham's Adult Novelty Shop, Marlee's Den, Chuck's Auto Supply, Next General Mercantile & Refillery, Style Lite 90, Unity Cannabis, Halls Organics, Money Mart, Handi Mart, Heartland Toyota, Rock Paper Scissors, New Waves Pool and Spa, Sandtronic, Lake City Ford, The Heeler, Dr. Vona Priest - Psychiatrist, Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centre, Longhorn Fencing, Taylor Automotive, Connects Wireless, D&S Electric, Winners, Bosley's, Petro Can, Sport Chek, Red Shred's Bike & Board Shed, Total Pet, EZ Vape, TD Bank, Rona, Kal Tire, CIBC, and RBC. Horizon Climate Controls allows dogs, but cats have to stay home, as there are allergies and The Realm of Toys will allow pets in if two people are working and one will stay by the door with the pet while you shop.

With temperatures in the lakecity set to reach up to the mid-thirties, both people and pets will need to take precautions to protect themselves against the high temperatures.

Temperatures on Tuesday are forecasted as the highs for the week, with a top temp of 36 C expected.


Ruth Lloyd

About the Author: Ruth Lloyd

I moved back to my hometown of Williams Lake after living away and joined the amazing team at the Williams Lake Tribune in 2021.
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