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Owner leaves dog in car boot on the hottest day of the year

Never leave a dog in a warm car dog-serious
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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 Ashley Murphy

Published on the 26/06/2020, 10:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:27

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.


A dog was pictured left in the boot of a car on what is the hottest day of the year so far. Sharing a photo on...

Posted by Southport Hub on Wednesday, June 24, 2020

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.

Here's what you should do if you think your dog has heatstroke.

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.