It turns out the woman was actress Jennifer Beals, who is known for her breakout role in the iconic 80s film Flashdance and the current television drama, Proof, which films in Vancouver.
The passerby approached Beals as she came back to the car where the dog was sitting on the passenger seat.
Beals indicated it’s fine to leave a dog in a car in Vancouver’s Dunbar neighbourhood. “It’s fine OK” she said. “Thank you.”
Marcie Moriarty of the BC SPCA was perplexed by Beals’ response, saying “the sun shines in Dunbar just as much as it shines everywhere else.”
The window of the car was lowered a few centimetres, but Moriarty said it probably wasn’t enough to keep the German Shepherd-type dog cool.
“In this temperature, I don’t think that would necessarily create the type of cooling effect that would ever be sufficient,” she said.
Beals has not respond to a request for comments.
The RCMP advises to never leave pets or children in parked vehicles. On an average summer day, the inside of a parked vehicle can reach a dangerously high temperature of over 38 degrees Celsius in minutes, even if parked in a shaded area with windows partly open. Even 10 minutes can be too long for a dog or a child inside to withstand the heat.
If you see a pet or a child in distress inside a parked vehicle call 9-1-1 immediately.
Moriarty says she does understand peoples’ concern about seeing a dog in a car that appears to be in distress.
She says the best thing to do is take down the licence plate number and enter the local stores to try and find the owner first, before calling the authorities.
What would you do in this situation if you saw a dog in a car? Would you say something to the person when they returned to the vehicle?