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Police rescue ANOTHER dog from hot car in Plymouth

Police rescue ANOTHER dog from hot car in Plymouth

Published by Emma Cartonat 10:24am 13th August 2019. (Updated at 10:25am 13th August 2019)

Photo: Charles Cross Police Team

Another dog has had to be rescued from a hot car by Devon and Cornwall Police - the second in the space of two weeks.

At the end of July, Plymouth's Charles Cross Policing Team had to smash a window to get the animal out.

Then last Tuesday, officers found a pet suffering from heatstroke at Devil's Point.

In the latest case, the owner had tried to keep the vehicle cool with blankets on the windscreen, windows open and water left out.

However, the pup had to given first aid at the nearby Pets at Home.

What should I do if I see a dog in a car on a hot day?

  • 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, they would 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 cannot 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. Do not 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 is not displaying signs of heatstroke, establish how long they have been in the car and make a note of the registration. If 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 the dangers of leaving a dog in a hot car...

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