A man rescued a dog locked inside a car on the hottest day of the year. And now the RSPCA is reminding people about the risks of leaving pets inside warm vehicles.
By, 26 Jun 2020
Unfortunately, it's a familiar story: an owner leaves their dog inside the car on a hot day, and a passerby has to carry out a rescue mission.
The hottest day of the year
This time it happened outside of a KFC restaurant in Southport on Wednesday - the hottest day of the year so far.
It was as hot as 28C in large parts of the country, which meant temperatures inside stationary vehicles could've reached 40C in less than an hour.
If left alone in a warm car, dogs can suffer dehydration, heat-stroke, organ failure, and even death.
But a few good samaritans prevented this story from having a tragic ending.
After seeing the pooch trapped in the car, several people raised the alarm. Shortly after, a member of the public was seen lifting the dog out of the vehicle
Posting on Facebook, a witness said:
"The dog's OK! They're giving him lots of water. Massive well done to the man who got him!"
The RSPCA issues another warning
The RSPCA used the story as another opportunity to issue an urgent warning. They said:
"Many people believe that it's OK to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open. But it's still a very dangerous situation for the dog."
If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, call 999 immediately. Unlike animal rescue services, police have powers to break into the vehicle if they believe the dog is at risk.