Fury as yet ANOTHER dog is spotted in a hot vehicle: Pet is heard ‘desperately honking truck’s horn after being trapped for 40 minutes in 81F heat outside McDonald’s’
- Dog spotted in a truck outside the restaurant in Frome, Somerset, by teenager
- Pet locked inside vehicle in Cheshire as temperatures soared to sweltering 30C
- Police struggled to breathe as they rescued Labradors from an 86F car in York
- Another dog panting and distressed as it was locked in a car in Stockton-on-Tees
A dog left in scorching temperatures has become the fifth to be spotted in a hot vehicle in just two days.
The pet was allegedly trapped inside a truck for 40 minutes outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Frome, Somerset, according to a teenager who shot footage on her phone.
The witness reported that the canine honked the vehicle’s horn as it grew more and more desperate amid 81F (27C) temperatures.
It was spotted on Monday, when 17-year-old Gabrielle Dart filmed its ordeal and raised the alarm, according to Somerset Live.
The Bruton teenager said she raced to tell the restaurant’s manager upon hearing the honking horn.
But after they reported it to the police, she says they returned to the scene to find the truck had gone.
Gabrielle said in a Facebook post about the incident that a ‘crack’ had been left open in the truck’s window.
She wrote: ‘Hello everyone, can someone please tell me who owns this vehicle as they left there dog in there car for around 40mins in 27 degrees heat! This is unacceptable!
The teenager spotted the dog inside the care outside a McDonald’s in Frome, Somerset on Monday
‘Do people not understand dogs are incapable of sweating. But people think this is okay because they left a crack in the window.’
Somerset Live contacted staff at the Frome restaurant on Wednesday but those on duty could not confirm if there had been an incident on Monday.
The same day, police were called to the rescue of the ‘distressed’ dog locked inside a vehicle at the Cheshire Oaks shopping centre in blazing 86F (30C).
Onlooker Jason Mcdonnell King said the pet was left inside the car for more than an hour before being let out ‘panting’ and rushed to the vets.
And officers on Tuesday ‘struggled to breathe’ as they dived in a car and rescued Labradors from an 86F car in York.
On the same day, another dog was left panting and distressed after being locked in a car in Stockton-on-Tees, Durham.
Police were called to the rescue of a dog locked inside a vehicle at the Cheshire Oaks shopping centre
Another dog was left panting and distressed after being locked in a car in Stockton-on-Tees
The two Labrador-type dogs were then taken in by the local RSPCA where they were given cool baths
THE LAW ON LEAVING DOGS IN CARS
On Monday the RSPCA received 167 emergency calls about dogs trapped in cars – around one every eight minutes.
The charity was received 625 calls about animals in the heat between June 11 and 24 across London, Somerset and Wales.
If a dog dies in a hot car its owner can face six months in prison and an unlimited fine under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
The RSPCA said owners give a range of excuses for leaving their pets in cars.
Excuses given to RSPCA inspectors by owners returning to their vehicles include:
‘They’re fine, they’re smiling’, ‘I parked the car in the shade I can’t help it if the shade moved’, ‘The dog barks when I leave it alone, it annoys the neighbours’,’It’s OK, I’m a vet’, ‘I’ve only been in the pub for half an hour, and it’s OK, I run a dog rescue centre.’
Jason Mcdonnell King said a dog, believed to be a Labrador-cross, was left inside a vehicle in Cheshire for more than 60 minutes before police were called on Monday.
He posted images from the scene on Facebook alongside an image of his car thermostat which showed the temperature had climbed to a blistering 86F (30C).
According to the Chester Chronicle, staff at the Cheshire Oaks shopping park were forced to call police after witnessing the ‘distressed’ dog inside a sweltering hot car.
Cheshire Police said officers were called to the scene and checked the dog owner before handing the incident over to the RSPCA.
On Tuesday two Labradors were left locked in a vehicle in the car park at York Hospital for 30 minutes.
North Yorkshire Police confirmed no-one has been arrested over the incident, and the investigations were now being carried out by the RSPCA.
The two officers at the scene said they could feel the heat coming from the car during their rescue operation as temperatures in Britain peaked at 86.2F (30.1C).
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Staff at the Cheshire Oaks shopping park were forced to call police after witnessing the ‘distressed’ dog inside a sweltering hot car
Mr King posted images from the scene on Facebook alongside an image of his car thermostat which showed the temperature had climbed to a blistering 86F (30C)
Pictures taken at the scene show the moment two officers smashed the window of the car to get to the dogs
They even said they ‘struggled to breathe’ when they were inside the car for just 30 seconds after they broke in.
A passerby took a photo of the black dog trapped inside a vehicle in Stockton-on-Tees around 10.15am on Tuesday.
The man, who did not wish to be named, said the animal was panting so much he was unable to get a clear picture as the window had steamed up.
‘You could see it panting and it’s breath on the window,’ he said, adding he contacted The Range store nearby in a bid to alert the owner.
The smashed window of the car in York city centre after the rescue operation
Another dog was left ‘crying and howling’ inside a hot car in a Sainsbury’s car park in Sherborne, Dorset as temperatures soared to 75F
And at the beginning of June, a dog was left ‘crying and howling’ inside a hot car in a Sainsbury’s car park in Sherborne, Dorset as temperatures soared to 75F.
Photos taken of the dog by concerned witnesses show it looking distressed and poking its nose out of a part-open window in the rear of the car.
In another picture the wide-eyed dog was seen clamping its teeth down on the top of the window. After 20 minutes the dog’s owner returned and let it out of the car.
The latest incidents come amid warnings from the RSPCA not to leave dogs in cars which can quickly turn to ‘ovens’ and kill pets.
A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said: ‘It’s really worrying to hear of all of the incidents of dogs being left in cars in just the last few days.
‘Even when temperatures are much lower than they have been this week, it doesn’t take long for the inside of vehicles to become sweltering environments which can be potentially fatal for our canine chums.
‘Our inspectors have helped rescue dogs from unbearably hot vehicles and found them in heartbreaking conditions: collapsed, exhausted, frightened and some with injuries where they’ve been trying to chew and scratch their way out.
‘Please don’t put your dog through this – don’t leave your dog unattended in a stationary vehicle at all. The message here is simple: dogs die in hot cars.
‘Don’t take the risk and leave your pet at home where they will be safe and happy.’
An RSPCA officer found a dog in a parked car in the Wirral in 99.6F heat, The RSPCA said he removed the dog to cool him down and check him over and issued stern advice to the owner
What are the effects on a dog trapped in a hot car?
Heat can rise dramatically inside a car, causing a dog to suffer heatstroke which can lead to their death – in just ten minutes
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.
Heat can rise dramatically inside a car, causing a dog to suffer heatstroke which can lead to their death – in just ten minutes.
A dog’s normal body temperature is around 39°C (102°F). Although the upper lethal body temperature of dogs is approximately 42°C (108°F), brain damage may develop at body temperatures of 41°C (106°F).
Symptoms of a dog suffering heatstroke include it panting heavily, drooling excessively or vomiting.
If the windows are left open or they’re parked in the shade, it’s still a very dangerous situation for the dog
What to do if you spot a dog locked inside a car:
If you see a dog in distress you can call the RSPCA 24-hour cruelty line for advice on 0300 1234 999 but if you feel the dog is in serious danger dial 999.
If you’re at a shop, venue or event ask the staff to make an announcement to alert the owner of the situation.
If you decide to break a window to release the dog you could be charged with criminal damage. You will have to explain you acted with proper justification in court.
Make sure you tell police what you intend to do and why. Take pictures or videos of the dog and the names and numbers of witnesses to the incident.
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.
If you see a dog in distress you can call the RSPCA 24-hour cruelty line for advice on 0300 1234 999 but if you feel the dog is in serious danger dial 999
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