Dog left in car outside supermarket
Outraged animal lovers have voiced their disgust after a dog was left in a car in the scorching midday heat in Ashford.
The dog was spotted by Singleton resident Yolanda Barker on Monday in the car park of Sainsbury’s supermarket, in Simone Weil Avenue, at 12.30pm – when the temperature was around 20 degrees centigrade.
Mrs Barker said: “The window was open slightly, so obviously the owner was aware that it was a hot day. But opening the window a bit isn’t enough.”
Mrs Barker reported it to the store’s customer service desk, who put a tannoy announcement asking the driver to return to their vehicle.
“In fairness, the dog wasn’t distressed or panting. But I was hot in my car, so I know the dog must have been,” Mrs Barker added. “The car was parked in a disabled bay but the timer had not been set, so we don’t know how long the dog had been in the car. There is no shading in that part of the car park.
Mrs Barker and her husband, Peter, waited by the car for about 20 minutes until they had to leave but no one returned during that period.
She added: “It makes you think why they even have a dog if they’re just going to leave it in the car. This is such an easy thing to avoid.
A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “Having spoken to the store’s manager, our colleagues in store were not informed that a dog was in the car. Instead, they were simply asked to ask the car’s owner to return to their vehicle.
“Had our colleagues known a dog had been left unattended in the car they would have made every effort to find the owner and ask them to return to their vehicle.”
A Kent Police spokesman said: “Police will respond to calls about dogs being left in cars and will, if necessary, break into a car to rescue a dog in these circumstances if they are unable to trace the owner.
“Dog owners have a legal duty of care for their animal and can be prosecuted for putting their pets at risk.” The RSPCA has hit out at owners who leave their pets in hot cars after two dogs died over the weekend.
The charity’s control centre received around 350 complaints and concerned calls last weekend about animals being trapped in vehicles during the blazing heat, 70 of which related to the South East.
A seven-year old female Staffordshire bull terrier died after being left in a car outside a pub while the owners had Sunday lunch in Bradford, West Yorkshire and in Bury, Greater Manchester, a two-year old rottweiler cross was pulled dead out of a hot car outside their owner’s home.
Sainsbury’s in Simone Weil Avenue