While this happened in England, it will be happening everywhere soon. Don’t forget your fur-child in a sweltering hot car.
Dog owners are being warned by the Police that their car windows could definitely be smashed in if they leave their dogs in the sweltering heat.
The weather in Devon and Cornwall was reaching close to 70 degrees and that prompted the RSPCA and police to remind pet owners to remember just how quickly a hot car can be fatal to a pet.
With temperatures in States like Florida already reaching the low 90’s, this is the time to remember to leave your pet at home or take him in with you.
Recently, in just a two-hour period Devon and Cornwall Police officers had seven calls about incidents across the region.
Officers were called to one incident in Camborne at about 1 P.M. – and within minutes police received a second call about a German Shepherd a hospital car park.
The police were told about a dog that had been barking for some time in a van left in full sun. The van had no windows open. The dog barked for a while and then went silent.
In another incident at the Mamhead obelisk car park, police were called about six puppies left in a green Peugeot for 20 minutes.
A police spokesman said the owner returned just as the officers were getting ready to smash one of the vehicle’s windows.
Sgt Ryan Canning, wildlife crime officer for Plymouth, said he has been called to many incidents of dogs left in hot cars over the past few years.
He went on to say:
“We get a number of calls as it gets hotter about distressed dogs in cars. Sometimes opening the window a tiny crack is just not enough to keep the pet safe.”We want to issue this warning – if we find a dog in a distressed state we have the legal power to ventilate the car in a suitable manner and release the dog.”It would then be treated by a vet and the owner billed for that cost.”The police are the first port of call for these kinds of incident, not the RSPCA.”People who are calling the RSPCA are merely referred straight back to the police, so it’s best to call us first.”Please think of your pets. It only takes a short while in hot weather for them to suffer from the tremendous heat of a car.”Would you consider taking your dog down the bottom of the garden and putting them in a greenhouse for half an hour?”If it is going to be a hot day, then unless you’re going out to walk your dog then we would advise you not to take your dog in the car.”You just can’t expect to leave your dog in a glass and metal construct in hot weather while you go shopping.”
Anthony Joynes, an inspector for the RSPCA said last month he left a thermometer in his van in 59 degree heat and left it for an hour to see what temperature would be.
Within just 60 minutes, the temperature had climbed to 110 degrees.
Inspector Joynes went on to say:
“In an emergency, it is best to dial 999 and report a dog in a hot car to police.”The RSPCA may not be able to attend quickly enough and, with no powers of entry, we’d need police assistance at such an incident.”If the animal is displaying any sign of heatstroke – such as panting heavily, drooling excessively, is lethargic or uncoordinated, or collapsed and vomiting – call 999 immediately.”
In the U.S. you would need to take your pet to an emergency pet clinic ASAP.
Remember Dogs Left in Hot Cars Can Die or become disabled in a very short period of time.