Praise Mall for Protecting Dogs Left in Cars


Target: Daniel Fournier, CEO of Ivanhoe Cambridge

Goal: Thank shopping mall for introducing a pet patrol in its parking lots

The Mic Mac Mall in Nova Scotia, Canada, which is owned by Ivanhoe Cambridge, has launched a new program that will designate a portion of its staff to monitoring vehicles in the parking lot and assessing the welfare of any dogs left in cars. The decision comes after a recent incident in which police were called to break the window of a car in order to rescue an overheated dog. For protecting dogs during hot weather, the Mic Mac Mall deserves our gratitude.

Under the new program, a special group of mall security officers known as “pet patrol” will scan the parking lot surrounding the mall, keeping an eye out for pets locked in vehicles and even signs an animal may be present, such as a cracked window. If an animal is seen, officers will first assess the condition of the animal and then attempt to contact the owner of the vehicle. If the situation requires immediate action, the police will be contacted to remove the pet from the car. Mic Mac is the second mall in Ontario to employ such a system—Vaughan Mills also designates a group of security guards to be on the lookout animals.

When the temperature outside reaches 75 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature inside a vehicle can exceed 102 degrees within a few minutes. At 90 degrees, temperatures inside a car can reach 160 degrees. Fifteen minutes inside and an animal can suffer permanent brain damage or die from heatstroke. These numbers don’t take into account the fact that a dog’s core body temperature can range from 99.5 to 102.5 degrees. Each summer, in nearly every town in North America, headlines on the front pages of newspapers tell grim stories of dogs dying in hot cars and it needs to stop.

Please take a moment to sign the petition below to thank Ivanhoe Cambridge and the Mic Mac Mall for protecting pets from being locked in vehicles when neglectful owners will not.


Dear Mr. Fournier,

As you know, the Mic Mac Mall recently organized a pet patrol as part of its security system to monitor vehicles so that pets will be kept safe in high temperatures. Far too many animals die each year or suffer irreparable brain damage because neglectful owners leave their pets in cars in which temperatures can reach 160 degrees.

Thank you so much for your incredible effort to keep animals safe when even those closest to them will not. I hope many more businesses and companies will follow your example in the future.


[Your Name Here]

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