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    RSPCA issues heavy reminder about leaving dogs in cars

    NewsDogs and puppiesTuesday 09 July 2013
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    The RSCPA issue a very stark statement to owners who left dogs in their cars during the exceedingly hot weekend despite numerous warnings of the dangers of doing so.

    The charity was overloaded with hundreds of complaints over the weekend as people reported spotting dogs being left in cars as the temperature in the UK reached high levels in some parts of the country. In total around 350 calls were made to RSPCA’s national control centre over the weekend.

    Unfortunately there have been victims. A 7 year old female Staffordshire bull terrier died after she was left in a car outside a pub when the owners left to have Sunday lunch in Bradford, West Yorkshire. As a result a woman and two men have been interviewed.

    A Rottweiler cross was also found dead outside a car of an owners home in Bury with the RSPCA on the scene after a call from the Police. Again a couple were interviewed.

    RSPCA North regional superintendent Martin Marsh said of the incidents:

    “The death of those dogs was an avoidable tragedy. Leaving a dog in a hot car has the same kind of effect as putting it in a microwave. They are literally cooked alive, in what is a horrendous death.

    “People just aren’t listening. Leaving a window open simply isn’t enough, and in-car temperatures rise quickly, even if it’s cloudy.”

    “What people need to realise is that the next animal to die in a hot car, conservatory or outbuilding could be their pet - that’s how serious this is.”  

    Sadly there is a common misconception that leaving a bowl of water in the car with the windows open is enough however this is not enough. Even a garden without shade proves to be a problem.

    Temperatures in a car can reach 47 degrees in 60 minutes when the outside temperature is just 22 degrees.

    Some dogs also feel the heat more than others especially older dogs and those breeds that are not accustomed to heat like the Siberian Husky.

     

     

    Source: Pet Product Marketing

    Photo: Mark Hillary

     

     

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