RSPCA re­mind own­ers about leav­ing dogs in hot cars

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE -

THE RSPCA re­ceived 217 calls about dogs locked in hot cars across Eng­land over the Bank Hol­i­day week­end - around three calls every hour.

Thank­fuly there were just two cases in Le­ices­ter­shire, with the most calls re­ceived in Hamp­shire, where the RSPCA were called about 17 dogs in hot en­vi­ron­ments.

RSPCA cam­paign man­ager Holly Bar­ber said: “Many peo­ple think it will be fine just to leave their pets for a minute or two but we know that this is all it takes for tem­per­a­tures in­side a car to soar to dan­ger­ous lev­els.

“Dogs die in hot cars - don’t let your pet be one of the num­ber.

“We have been do­ing a lot of cam- paign­ing lately about the dan­gers of leav­ing your dog in a hot car, and it’s re­ally wor­ry­ing that de­spite this, some peo­ple are still putting their pets in dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions.

“Our main ad­vice to own­ers is not to leave dogs in cars and our main ad­vice to passers-by is to call 999 if they’re con­cerned about an an­i­mal in a hot en­vi­ron­ment.”

What to do if you see a dog in a car on a hot day: You can call the RSPCA’s 24-hour emer­gency cru­elty line on 0300 1234 999 for ad­vice but, if a dog is in dan­ger, dialling 999 should al­ways be the first step.

For more in­for­ma­tion on what to do if you see a dog in a hot car, please visit the RSPCA web­site: uk/dogsin­hot­cars

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