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Parking disc detail spurs passer-by to save dogs from car

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In a small town deep in Rhineland, Germany, a dramatic rescue took place last week when a passer-by noticed six dogs locked in a car beneath the scorching afternoon sun.

By Nick Whittle, 7 Aug 2019

Yet again Wamiz reports on the carelessness of owners who leave their dogs in cars in the summer heat.

Remember, a dog should not be left in a car even in the winter sunshine. The temperature rises far more quickly inside a car than it does outside.

Luckily for the dogs found in Speyer, an eagle-eyed woman spotted them sweltering in the back of a car parked in town. Her inspection of the car’s parking disc revealed that the car had already been parked for over an hour, prompting her to call the police straight away.

By 3pm – in the summer months the hottest time of the day – the police had been notified and were on their way.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Family" of dogs

Police officers managed to unlock the car by accessing the door lock knob through a gap in the window. To their astonishment there were six dogs in all: two adults and four puppies. The puppies were desperately in need of medical attention due to their being seriously dehydrated. Fortunately, a vet happened to be in the car park at the time.

The owners of the dogs were charged with animal cruelty.

Offence

In the UK under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, leaving your dog in a hot car may be considered a criminal offence. Many owners still believe that leaving windows open for dogs or parking in shade are sufficient measures to keep a dog cool.  However, the RSPCA has stated continuously that leaving a dog in a car under any circumstance should be avoided.

If you see a dog in a hot car, call the police and then monitor the dog’s behaviour. If you think the dog is in imminent danger of dying you may break a window to gain access to the car. However, you will be liable for prosecution if you do so.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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