Throughout the current UK heatwave, authorities have warned of the dangers of leaving animals in hot cars and the consequences that this carries. Regardless, however, there have been several incidents of neglect in the media, highlighting the potentially devastating consequences that this may have.
Although the hot weather seems to be finally cooling down, warnings are still being issued, as owners mistakenly leave their dogs in vehicles with the belief that they’ll be ok.
A French Bulldog has been rescued from a 35C car after being found panting and vomiting – before the owner returned four hours later and insisted that the pet was “OK”.
The Frenchie was left in the vehicle by Frensham Ponds, Surrey, where the car was surrounded by passers by who grew incredibly concerned about the dog’s welfare.
Demonstrating signs of heat exhaustion and fearing that the dog might die inside the car, the surrounding group smashed the driver’s side window of the car in a bid to rescue the dog.
They first attempted to feed the dog water through the window, but eventually decided to remove the dog from the vehicle and hand them to the par ranger’s office.
Four hours later, the owner of the dog arrived at the scene and was blatantly unapologetic, insisting that the dog was “OK”.
Park rangers handed the dog back over to the man on the advice of the police, yet the story has gone viral on social media, reenforcing to owners the dangers of leaving dogs in in hot cars.
In recent weeks, animal protection societies have received over 4,000 calls reporting animals struggling in the heat.
The RSPCA have issued several warnings against leaving dogs in cars, and have reiterated the dangers even as the weather cools down:
“Many people still believe that it’s OK to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they’re parked in the shade, but the truth is, it’s still a very dangerous situation for the dog.
A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When it’s 22 degrees, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.”
If you suspect that your dog is suffering from heat exhaustion, take them immediately to the shade, douse them in water and allow them to drink small amounts. If symptoms persist, seek veterinary attention immediately.
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