A woman in BC has been charged with animal cruelty after her dog, Ava, died in a hot car last summer.
On July 23, 2018, a Victoria woman is said to have left her Boston Terrier, Ava, in a car for seven hours. Temperatures in the area reached 30°C that day and all the windows in the vehicle were left closed.
By the time she returned to her car, the dog had died.
Stephanie Skinner has been charged with one count of animal cruelty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
“This is such a tragic and preventable case,” said Eileen Drever, senior office, protection and stakeholder relations for the BC SPCA. “Every year, the BC SPCA and other animal welfare groups warn people about the dangers of leaving their pets in hot cars.”
Drever explains that even 10 minutes in a hot, unventilated car can be fatal for an animal.
“An animal left for seven hours in those temperatures would not have stood a chance,” she says.
Skinner will make her first appearance in court on March 28, 2019.
If convicted, she faces a maximum fine of $75,000, up to two years in jail, and up to a lifetime ban on owning animals.