Salisbury Police rescue distressed dog from car

Salisbury Police rescue distressed dog from car

Published by Spire FM News at 6:19pm 15th April 2019. (Updated at 10:18am 16th April 2019)

Police officers today (April 15th) had to force their way into a car after receiving reports of a dog showing signs of distress.

The canine was seen in a vehicle in the Salisbury District Hospital car park.

It wasn't known at the time just how long the owner had been away but the parking ticket that was in the car suggested it may have been up to 4 hours.

One window was open just a few centimetres and police say there was no water readily available either.

Officers then made the decision to enter the vehicle by force to release the animal to prevent further harm.

After it was let out they gave it some water and the pet, a retired guide dog, made a quick recovery with officers saying "its tail quickly started to wag again"!

The owner was then located, along with the vehicle owner, who were both dealt with by the officers.


The incident has sparked a warning from the police.

With temperatures due to warm up over the Easter holidays they're reminding us that every year dogs die in hot cars.

The RSPCA state that they can die in as little as 20 minutes in a car without adequate ventilation and access to water.

And remember, even on a cool day, the temperature in a vehicle can rise rapidly and a dark vehicle will get hotter than a bright one.

So the advice is - never leave your dog alone in a car on a warm day. If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, dial 999.

More advice can be found on the RSPCA website.

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