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Provocative video on the dangers of hot cars could save your dog's life

Elisabetta Canalis suffers inside hot car
© PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) - Youtube

Italian supermodel Elisabetta Canalis knows one or two things about being hot! That's why she's helping raise awareness on the dangers of leaving a dog inside a car on a warm summer day.

By Ashley Murphy , 1 Jul 2019

In the provocative video, the supermodel swaps the catwalk for the back seat of a car and experiences first-hand the agony of a pooch trapped inside a scorching vehicle.

As temperatures rise, the chances of survival fall

After just a few minutes inside the car, Elisabetta begins showing the first signs of heatstroke. Panic and anxiety then set in as her condition rapidly deteriorates, leading to life-threatening symptoms such as excessive thirst, lethargy, lack of coordination, and a rapid heartbeat.

She tries to escape, but there's no way out. And the temperature's rising to dangerous levels.

Even on a 25C day, the temperature inside a stationary car can reach 33C in less than 10 minutes, which includes vehicles parked in the shade.

Temperature changes in a hot car

The video was part of a PETA campaign from back in 2012. However, given that summer is here, and how many owners are still ignorant of the dangers, it's vital we get the message out once again.

In 2018, the RSPCA responded to over 8,000 calls regarding animal heatstroke, 90 per cent of which were caused by owners leaving dogs in hot cars.

What's more, this year's Easter weekend included 166 people calling in to report cases of dogs left in vehicles.

Holly Barber works at the RSPCA. She said:

"Last year was our busiest for three years with almost 8,300 emergency calls made to the RSPCA about this issue – that’s a 5% increase from 2017 and a 15% rise from 2016."

"How many more dogs need to die before people realise that a split second decision – usually made due to convenience – could have life-changing consequences?"

Spread the word. It could save a dog's life

So remember to NEVER leave your pet in a car, even on "milder" days, and spread the word among your pooch-loving friends.

If you're ever concerned about a dog trapped in a vehicle, call 999. The Police can respond much quicker than the RSPCA and also have powers to force entry if the dog's life is in danger.