What To Do If You See A Dog Left In A Car On A Hot Day

The RSPCA has received more than 600 emergency calls in the space of two weeks relating to dogs suffering in hot environments, and as soaring temperatures continue across much of the UK, chances are there’ll be more to come.

A lot of people believe it’s okay to leave dogs in cars when it’s warm – especially if they leave the window open a crack or park in the shade – but it’s dangerous and the fact of the matter is: dogs can die in hot cars. A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly – when it’s 22 degrees, it can reach 47 degrees in a car within the hour.

So what should you do if you see a dog sitting in a car on a hot day? Firstly, you should call the police on 101 (the non-emergency number) or 999 if the animal is displaying any sign of heatstroke – such as panting heavily, drooling excessively, is lethargic or uncoordinated, or collapsed and vomiting, a RSCPA spokesperson told HuffPost UK. “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,” they explained.

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