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Dogs reportedly left in a hot car for over half an hour

Dogs reportedly left in a hot car for over half an hour

Published by Emma Carton at 6:45am 8th August 2018.

Two dogs have reportedly been left in a hot car in Truro for over half an hour.

The photos, shared by shoppers, seem to show the window down by barely an inch.

It is claimed police were called on Monday afternoon, after passersby tried to get inside.

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Two dogs have reportedly been left in a hot car in Truro for over half an hour

A woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, posted the pictures on a parking group as a warning to other owners.

She said one man was very close to smashing the window, but went to find police first.

"To the person who left two dogs for half an hour in Truro in the car with the window open an inch, I hope you got an absolute b******ing off someone when you returned".

What do I do if I see a dog in a hot car?

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Shoppers shared the photos to a parking group as a warning to other owners

In an emergency, it is best to dial 999 and report a dog in a hot car to police. The RSPCA may not be able to attend quickly enough and, with no powers of entry, we'd need police assistance at such an incident.

If the animal is displaying any sign of heatstroke - such as panting heavily, drooling excessively, is lethargic or uncoordinated, or collapsed and vomiting - call 999 immediately.

If the situation becomes critical and police can't attend, many people's instinct is to break into the car to free the dog. But please be aware that, without proper justification, this could be classed as criminal damage. Make sure you tell the police of your intentions and take photos or footage of the dog as well as names and numbers of witnesses. The law states that you have a lawful excuse to commit damage if you believe that the owner of the property that you damage would consent to the damage if they knew the circumstances.

Once removed from the car, move the dog to a shaded/cool area and pour small amounts of cool water over their body. Don't use cold water as this could put the dog into shock. Allow the dog to drink small amounts of cool water. Once the dog is cool take him to the nearest vet as a matter of urgency.

If the dog isn't displaying signs of heatstroke, establish how long they have been in the car and make a note of the registration. |f they are parked outside a business, ask a member of staff to make an announcement of the situation over the tannoy, if possible, and get someone to stay with the dog to monitor its condition.

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.

Read more advice from the RSPCA here or watch how quickly a dog can overheat in a car...

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