A woman was arrested on animal cruelty charges after three dogs died in her car during this summer's scorching heatwave. Despite all the media coverage on the subject, the woman had left the dogs to sit there with the windows closed for an extended period of time.
By, 27 Jul 2019
Officers from Rhode Island, USA, responded to calls from concerned members of the public who spotted three pooches trapped inside a parked car at around 4 pm last Sunday.
The vets tried their best
The dogs - two black Labradors and a Keeshond - were found unresponsive across the back seat. Officers rushed the pups to a local animal hospital, but vets couldn’t revive the animals.
According to police, the animals had been left in the vehicle for an extended period without water. What's more, all the windows were rolled up, and the air conditioning system appeared broken.
3 dogs die in hot car in Rhode Island. You would think in this day and age, with all the media coverage of the dangers, that people would not be doing this anymore. https://t.co/mklbqfBaqr— JoAnn Pool (@IllinoisMomm) July 23, 2019
Temperatures in the US state rose as high as 35C, although high levels of humidity made it feel around 43C.
Police identified a 65-year-old female suspect, who was later charged with three counts of unnecessary cruelty to an animal and three counts of confinement of an animal in a motor vehicle.
Animal cruelty is a felony crime in Rhode Island, and the suspect faces a maximum penalty of up to 5 years imprisonment.
Despite major efforts by animal welfare agencies and the emergency services, cases like this remain common during summertime.
This vet locked himself in a hot car for 30 minutes to show what it’s like for a dog — here’s what happened. pic.twitter.com/83T48Enpad— The Dodo (@dodo) June 20, 2018
We've seen several high-profile cases across the UK already, while 2018 saw a three-year high in the number of animals found dead in hot cars.
Share the message - it could save a dog's life
Dogs should never be left alone in a car during warm weather. Even “milder” summer temperatures around the 20C mark can jump to 40C within the hour inside a stationary vehicle.
And with the hot weather set to continue for the next few days, we must get the message out there again. So share this story with all your pooch loving friends to make sure every dog makes it through summer.
If you ever see a dog trapped inside a car, call 999 immediately. For more information, check out this guide from the RSPCA.