Dog left in sweltering hot car in Salisbury

Dog left in sweltering hot car in Salisbury

Published by Mike Draper at 11:24am 23rd July 2019. (Updated at 3:30pm 23rd July 2019)

What are people thinking? It's enough to make you mad!

Police were called after members of the public raised the alarm around 3pm on Sunday (21 July).

Officers had no choice but to smash a window on the vehicle to rescue the poor brown Lab after it was left locked inside.

  • Sunday's weather was very muggy, and around 24 degrees Celsius
  • It would have been a far hotter inside the locked parked car

The car had been left in Middle Street, not far from the Harnham Water Meadows and Town Path.

Police gave the pooch some water, took it to Endell Vets for treatment, and its condition is now said to be okay.

A view looking along Salisbury's Town Path which crosses Harnham Water Meadows. The owners of the poor dog may have gone for a walk across Town Path or Harnham Water Meadows
The owners of the poor dog may have gone for a walk across Town Path or Harnham Water Meadows


There was no sign of the owners, and they didn't even return whilst Police were there smashing their way in to save the poor pooch. Officers had to leave a note on the car telling the owners where the dog had been taken.

Police believe the owners went off with rucksacks, presumably for a nice walk in the sunshine! The dog was left to suffer trapped in rising temperatures.

A spokesperson for Salisbury Police told Spire FM News:

"When the owners returned to find we had smashed their car window they were not very happy. Strong words of advice were given and we understand that the dog is okay."

"Please don't put your dog at risk."


This is yet another shocking example of a dog being left trapped in a hot car, you may recall there was a similar incident a few weeks ago in Salisbury.

It's equivalent to torturing your pets if you leave them trapped in a hot vehicle.


You should take a look at the really clear reminder message, and excellent video about not leaving dogs or pets in hot cars, from Amesbury's Police Inspector who is also a dog owner.

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