Not long is too long for dogs in cars

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OVER a two week pe­riod as tem­per­a­tures soared the RSPCA re­ceived 625 calls from mem­bers of the pub­lic con­cerned about an­i­mals in the heat, 10 of those calls came from Bucks.

The an­i­mal pro­tec­tion char­ity re­vealed that of the calls, which were col­lated be­tween June 11 and 24, the ma­jor­ity re­lated to dogs left in hot cars.

That is al­most two calls ev­ery hour, de­spite the char­ity’s key ad­vice be­ing to call the po­lice on 999 in the event of an emer­gency. De­spite years of cam­paign­ing, peo­ple con­tinue to risk their dogs’ lives by leav­ing them unat­tended in sta­tion­ary ve­hi­cles in the warm weather.

The fol­low­ing are rea­sons and ex­cuses given to RSPCA in­spec­tors by own­ers re­turn­ing to their ve­hi­cles with dogs left in­side:

“My dog is white, he’ll be fine.”

“They’re fine, they’re smil­ing?” (The dogs weren’t smil­ing, they were pant­ing ex­ces­sively.)

“I parked the car in the shade when I got here, I can’t help it if the shade moved.”

“The dog barks when I leave it alone in the house, it an­noys the neigh­bours.”

“We feel bad leav­ing him at home on his own all day.”

“I’m hav­ing an open day to sell my house, the dogs would have been in the way.” “It’s OK, I’m a vet.” “It’s not like my dog’s on its own in the car, my kid is with it.” (On this oc­ca­sion ‘the kid’ was a five-month-old baby strapped into a car seat.)

“I’ve only been in the pub for half an hour, any­way it’s OK, I run a dog res­cue cen­tre.”

The RSPCA mes­sage is clear – ‘not long is too long’ – and we urge any­body with a dog not to take the risk and to leave their pet at home

Tem­per­a­tures can rise quickly in cars, car­a­vans and even con­ser­va­to­ries.

When it’s 22°C out­side, within an hour the tem­per­a­ture can reach 47°C in­side a ve­hi­cle, which can re­sult in death.

On Mon­day June 25 – the hottest day of the year so far – the RSPCA emer­gency hot­line re­ceived 167 calls – that is around one call ev­ery eight min­utes.

RSPCA cam­paign man­ager Holly Bar­ber, said: “There is ab­so­lutely no rea­son or ex­cuse that warrants risk­ing your pet’s life by leav­ing them in a car on their own in this heat. Peo­ple don’t be­lieve it will hap­pen to them or they tell them­selves they’ll only be a minute, but it sim­ply isn’t good enough.

“We’re plead­ing with peo­ple not to take the risk and to leave their pets at home where they will be safe and happy.”

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 the RSPCA would 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.

For more in­for­ma­tion about what to do if you are wor­ried about a dog in a hot car call 0300 1234 999 for ad­vice.

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