Pets on hot roads
RSPCA Qld is urging people to take better care of their pets while on the road this summer.
“Dogs can’t tell us when they’re in pain,” said RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty.
“A metal tray can heat up quickly and scorch dogs’ paws so metal floors of utes should be covered with a surface such as rubber. If using a metal cage to transport dogs they must ensure it has a roof to provide shade, and that the sides are well ventilated. Mesh should be used rather than solid material.
With scorching temperatures, since January 1 this year, RSPCA Qld has received 170 complaints about dogs being left in hot cars and 290 complaints regarding animals left with no shade, shelter and in some instances, no water.
Mr Beatty says a dog can survive for days without food, but in these temperatures, if they don’t have shade or water they’ll die.
Potentially a person could be charged with animal cruelty. T
If you see an animal in distress, contact the RSPCA’s 24/7 Animal Emergency Hotline 1300 ANIMAL.