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Police issue warning to dog owners during heatwave

Temperatures this weekend are set to reach a scorching 30 degrees

Danielle Elton

Posted 2 months ago ago

This weekend is set to be a blistering one weather wise, with the Met Office predicting a heatwave. 

But while we’re all super excited about the scorching weather, it can be deadly for dogs.

That’s why West Midlands Police has issued a warning to dog owners over dogs in hot cars.

We’ve all heard the horror stories about pooches dying when left alone in scorching hot cars, but still this doesn’t seem to be enough of a deterrent to some thoughtless owners. 

And even when you don’t think it is actually that warm, it only takes 10 minutes for temperatures inside a car to increase by 10 degrees - it can heat up at an alarming rate.

So now police are advising owners to leave their dogs at home when going out on a hot day, even for just a short time.

After all, they’ll be a lot more comfortable at home in a cool room with plenty of water than they will be in a stuffy hot vehicle.

What should you do if you see a dog left in a car?

West Midlands Police had some advice for the public should they witness a dog left in a car on a hot day, it says to contact them immediately, or your local police force depending on where the incident is taking place.

If you are concerned that the dog may be in danger or suffering, you can report it by calling 101.

Should I break a window?

There is often the common question of whether or not you are allowed to legally smash a car window in these circumstances, and whether or not you could get in trouble for doing so.

West Midlands Police says: “Only in the most extreme circumstances should you try to help the dog by breaking into the vehicle. 

“Although your actions may eventually be deemed reasonable, you could still be investigated for criminal damage.”

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