Dogs and cars rarely mix well, especially when the going gets hot, so with UK temperatures rising, we need to keep the wellbeing of our four-legged friends in mind.
The warnings come from GEM Motoring Assist amid news that temperatures are set to soar to 34ºC. The law is firm when it comes to how we treat our animals, and rightly so. It’s dangerous and illegal to leave your pet in a hot vehicle.
“If the dog becomes ill or dies, the owner is likely to face a charge of animal cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act 2006,” warns GEM road safety officer, Neil Worth.
“This offence can bring a prison sentence of up to six months in custody and/or a fine of up to £20,000.”
The dangers of animals in a hot car
The obvious thing to do on a hot day is to leave your dog at home. How can you leave your dog in the car, if the dog’s not with you? If they do come out with you, make sure you have plenty of water to hand.
Dogs can succumb to heat stroke in a matter of minutes, given that they can’t cool themselves down like we can. They can only sweat through their paws, and augment cooling by panting.
A hot dog can be helped with some shade, fresh air and a ready supply of water. Heat exhaustion, with symptoms including a rapid pulse, fever and vomiting, could require attention from a vet.
Seen a dog in a hot car? Take action
If you see a dog in a hot car in a public space, it’s recommended you take action. Speak with the business where the car is parked, to try and get hold of the owner.
If they don’t come out, you should call the police.