HOT CARS: Plea from Amesbury police inspector and her dog

HOT CARS: Plea from Amesbury police inspector and her dog

Published at 9:51am 23rd July 2019. (Updated at 9:53am 23rd July 2019)

As temperatures soar the pair are reminding owners of the dangers of leaving pets in vehicles.

Every summer people across the country put their four legged friends at risk of serious illness and even death.

Many people still think it's OK to leave a dog in car if the windows are open or it's left in the shade but the it's still a very dangerous situation.

The inside temperature of a car can become as hot as an oven very quickly even on a day that doesn't seem that warm.

The RSPCA say when it's 22 degrees outside, it can reach an "unbearable 47 degrees within an hour".

Dogs Die in Hot Cars Poster
The RSPCA has been putting out advice to keep animals safe in warmer weather

With the mini heatwave seeing temperatures of 30 degrees in the Salisbury area, one member of Wiltshire Police has made a passionate appeal for owners to put their pet first.

WATCH: Liz Coles, Inspector of Amesbury Community Policing Team and her dog Molly

EXCUSES:

Wiltshire Police say they wont tolerate excuses like:

  • "I only went to the shops for a few minutes"
  • "My dog doesn't mind the heat"
  • "I didn't want to wake him."

In May, officers smashed the windows of a car in Salisbury to rescue a dog.

The animal had no water and was becoming tangled up in its lead.

ACTION:

Wiltshire Police say if you see a dog in distress then dial 999.

That's also the advice given by the RSPCA.

If the situation become critical and you choose to break into a car to rescue a dog you run the risk of being charged with criminal damage.

However, under the 1971 Criminal Damage Act you have a lawful excuse to commit damage if you believe the owner of the property would consent to it if they knew the circumstances.

If you break the window you must be prepared to defend your actions.

The RSPCA advise you"take photos and footage of the dog in the car, and take names and contact numbers of witnesses"

The charity says it's vital you let the police know of your intentions.

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