Dogs left locked in car at shopping centre
THE RSPCA is investigating a report of two dogs left “visibly panting” in a car at Karrinyup Shopping Centre last Thursday.
It brings to 19 the number of reports to the WA animal welfare organisation of dogs left in vehicles this month.
“The message is still not sinking in,” a RSPCA spokeswoman said.
“And it is almost always shopping centres; people going to the shops and leaving their dogs in the car.
“The dogs (at Karrinyup) were visibly panting.”
The RSPCA was notified about the Karrinyup dogs through their cruelty hotline.
Police were also notified but the car – in an undercover carpark near Myer – had left the shopping centre.
“One of our inspectors is investigating,” the spokeswoman said.
“We have a number plate and we give it to the police and they’ll pass on a name and details for us to contact them.”
If a dog is found to be harmed from being left in a vehicle, the penalty is a maximum fine of $50,000 or five years jail.