An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

IT was hot­ter than ex­pected when I met Or­lando in an ex­er­cise com­pound at Dogs Trust. He could not wait to find a shady area and lie down. Typ­i­cal grey­hound – he just wants to have a bit of ex­er­cise and then rest up, prefer­ably on a comfy sofa.

Or­lando loves cud­dles and likes to lean into peo­ple. He is friendly and would suit a first-time owner.

As an ex-rac­ing grey­hound, he has prob­a­bly not lived in a home be­fore, so if you would like to show this hand­some boy the joys of home life, he is wait­ing for you at Dogs Trust, Harvil Road, Hare­field.

It can also be hot­ter than ex­pected in a car, car­a­van or con­ser­va­tory.

It is five years since two po­lice dogs died in a hot car in Kent, but such a hor­rific story is un­for­get­table.

The Dogs Trust says that al­most half of us (48 per cent) mis­tak­enly be­lieve it is al­right to leave a dog in a car if counter-mea­sures are taken, such as leav­ing a win­dow open or park­ing in the shade – but it is not al­right.

It can take less than twenty min­utes for a dog to die in a hot car.

Ac­cord­ing to The Dogs Trust, Bri­tons are more likely to leave their dog alone in a car for a few min­utes (28 per cent) than their phone (10 per cent).

The RSPCA ad­vise that if we see a dog alone in a car on a warm day, not to be afraid to dial 999.

If the dog is not dis­play­ing signs of heat­stroke (signs such as pant­ing heav­ily, drool­ing ex­ces­sively),they ad­vise that ac­tions to take in­clude di­alling the RSPCA cru­elty line for ad­vice on 0300 1234 999, ask­ing lo­cal shops to make an­nounce­ments to alert the owner and, if pos­si­ble, en­sur­ing some­one con­tin­u­ously mon­i­tors the dog’s con­di­tion.

If the dog is dis­play­ing signs of heat­stroke, the RSPCA ad­vise to dial 999.

If the sit­u­a­tion be­comes crit­i­cal and the po­lice can­not at­tend im­me­di­ately, many peo­ple’s in­stinct would be to break into the car to free the dog.

The RSPCA say that if we do this, with­out proper justi­fication, it could be classed as crim­i­nal dam­age and we may need to de­fend our ac­tions in court.

We should make sure we tell the po­lice what we in­tend to do, why and take images of the dog and the names and num­bers of wit­nesses.

Ded­i­cated an­i­mal ex­pert Mar­ion

Gar­nett, founder of the Eal­ing An­i­mal Wel­fare Bazaar, con­tin­ues her col­umn

n LOVES CUD­DLES: Or­lando the grey­hound

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