Vehicle owners charged after animals locked in vehicle

All of Ontario is heading into a major heat-wave this week and one of the worst possible things is to keep an animal in a confined vehicle.  It doesn’t matter if the windows are slightly down, the animal’s body temperature will escalate.

On Sunday June 16, 2024, just after 6:00 p.m., members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were informed of two dogs locked in a vehicle in the area of Huron Street, Grand Bend, ON.

Upon arrival, officers were directed to a locked vehicle in a parking lot containing two dogs. Officers were informed that the dogs had been in the vehicle for a period of time and appeared to be in some distress.  Officers gained access into the vehicle and transported the dogs to the Lambton OPP – Grand Bend Detachment where they were cared for by officers. The owners of the dogs were eventually located and as a result,

Dhuv JADAV, 31-year-old from Mississauga, Neel JADAV, 26-year-old from Scarborough and Harsh SUTHAR, 30-year-old from Gloucester have been charged with:

  • Cause Damage or Injury to Animal or Bird – Fail to Provide Suitable/Adequate Food, Water, Care, Shelter (2 counts each)

All accused have been released and are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice-Sarnia on August 12, 2024.

The PAWS Act and its regulations help ensure that animals are protected and treated in a humane manner. Protections include setting out basic standards of care that apply to all animals covered under the act, as well as specific standards of care that apply to animals in unique circumstances. Ontario has the strongest provincial penalties in Canada for animal abuse and neglect. The Ontario Animal Protection Call Center was notified by OPP and has launched their own investigation, further charges are pending.