19 dogs trapped in hot cars in last 2 days: OSPCA

The Ontario SPCA has received almost 20 calls in two days about dogs left in hot cars as temperatures soar to mid-30s.

Leave your dogs at home, animal welfare agency urges

Dogs left in hot cars could die, the OSPCA says. (Associated Press)

The Ontario SPCA has received almost 20 calls in two days about dogs left in hot cars as temperatures soar to mid-30s.

The animal welfare agency reported that 10 people called on Tuesday to report dogs trapped in hot cars. On Monday, another scorching hot day, the OSPCA received nine calls.

Leaving a dog in a car during extreme heat can be fatal. It's also against the law.

On Tuesday, York Regional Police were called to Vaughan Mills mall when security there reported a dog in a hot car that was in visible distress.

Police came and removed the dog from the car.

Police are reminding the public that bylaw officers are laying $930 fines for animals left in hot cars.

Temperatures above 30 C can feel like 70 to a dog in a car, the OSPCA said. An online campaign against leaving unattended pets in hot cars, called #nohotpets, encourages owners to leave dogs at home when out running errands.