You see a dog left in a hot car, what you can do...

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(Last Updated On: June 22, 2014)

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As some of you may have seen there was a post recently on Spotted Torquay regarding a dog that was left in a hot car.

Witnesses suggest that the window was smashed to remove the dog after the owner could not be located.

Witnesses also stated that the police and RSPCA were called but had not attended after 30 minutes, it is believed that a member of the public removed the dog from the vehicle.

The dog was treated at the scene and later taken to the vets.

If it’s 20°C outside, the temperature inside a car can reach 40°C within minutes.

Heatstroke in dogs usually begins with heavy panting, excessive salivation and a raised pulse rate, and can progress to lethargy, fainting or collapse and unconsciousness. If left untreated, the dog will die.
So, what should you do if you see a dog in a hot car?

Firstly, try and locate the owner. As with the incident at Asda, the tannoy system was used to try and find the owner.

The RSPCA then advise you to call the police on 999. If the police are unable to attend, they then advise to call their 24-hour cruelty line 0300 1234 999.
But what if the police cannot attend, the RSPCA cannot attend and the dog is visibly distressed? Smashing the window is a bit of a grey area.
You have to be prepared to be investigated for criminal damage… You need to be prepared to justify what you have done (Trying to locate the owner/calling the police/RSPCA prior to breaking the window would show that breaking the window was a last resort)

We found this brilliant blog http://pddogblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/can-i-smash-car-window-to-save-dog.html that may make the law a little clearer.

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