Hot car can kill a dog in 15 min­utes, pet own­ers warned

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - New Arrivals - By Tim Collins

tcollins@thek­m­ Po­lice are call­ing on dog own­ers not to leave their dogs in­side sti­flingly hot cars, fol­low­ing a spate of calls from wor­ried shop­pers.

PC Emma Todd and PCSO Jo Laughton – who patrol Ash­ford town cen­tre – say they have re­ceived nu­mer­ous daily calls con­cern­ing the wel­fare of dogs dur­ing the re­cent hot spellinclud­ing a num­ber of se­ri­ous in­ci­dents.

Kent Po­lice is also warn­ing dog own­ers that they could be pros­e­cuted if they leave their pets in hot ve­hi­cles.

The mes­sage comes af­ter a dog was re­ported to be in a distressed state in a car parked in the Park Mall multi-storey car park in Ash­ford, at around 2pm last Tues­day.

The win­dow of the ve­hi­cle had been left par­tially open by the own­ers, a cou­ple from New Rom­ney, but it was not enough to cool the soar­ing tem­per­a­tures of around 31de­grees C in­side.

PC Todd said: “Ev­ery day since the hot weather we’ve re­ceived a num­ber of calls from con­cerned mem­bers of the pub­lic.

“We had the RSPCA out to deal with the in­ci­dent at Park Mall and they told us that it can take as lit­tle as 15 min­utes for a dog to die in a hot car.

“I don’t think peo­ple re­alise it is as se­ri­ous as it is, it’s not enough to leave a win­dow slightly open, it could have been a disas­ter.

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“Ide­ally you should leave your dog at home, get them walked early and then leave them in the shade. Most peo­ple don’t need to be bring­ing a dog shop­ping.

“If you do have to take your dog with you, do not leave them unat­tended, give them plenty of wa­ter, and make sure they are kept in the shade.

“If you see a dog in trou­ble, please call the po­lice on 101, we will re­spond to ev­ery call.”

The dog – a minia­ture schnau­zer – was res­cued with the as­sis­tance of the po­lice and fire ser­vices, as well as the RSPCA.

The an­i­mal was taken to a vet where it re­cov­ered overnight, af­ter it had suf­fered a raised tem­per­a­ture and heart rate.

The owner’s re­turned to the car one hour later. They were warned about the dangers of leav­ing their dog in a hot car and of­fered ad­vice. No fur­ther ac­tion was taken.

An­other dog was also re­ported to po­lice, af­ter be­ing left tied up in scorch­ing heat out­side the Post Of­fice in Tufton Street.

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