As Swindon hots up it is important to understand that the high temperatures can also take a toll on our beloved pets.
When the outside temperature hits 22C it is reported that the inside of a car can reach a sauna like temperature of 47C within just 60 minutes.
Some people believe that leaving the window open a crack or parking in the shade is enough to keep a dog comfortable, but the RSPCA advises that that’s not the case.
Their website says: “Many people still believe that it’s ok to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they’re parked in the shade, but the truth is, it’s still a very dangerous situation for the dog.
“A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn’t feel that warm.”
The Facebook post below, shared anytime there is hot weather, advises you to take a picture of the situation and smash the window. This is not entirely true.
You need to take photos of the dog as well as take names and contact details of any witnesses.
Section 5(2)(a) of the Criminal Damage Act of 1971 states:
You are legally allowed to damage someone else’s property when:“At the time of the act or acts alleged to constitute the offence you believed that the person or persons whom you believe to be entitled to consent to the destruction of or damage to the property in question . . . .would so consent to it if s/he . . . had known of the destruction or damage and its circumstances.”
What to do when you see a distressed dog trapped in a car
1. Call the police and ask for their assistance
2. If the police can’t attend but the dog is in desperate need of help you make consider taking further action
3. Explain to the police what you intend to do
4. Take a photo of the dog trapped in the car
5. Take the name and number of any witnesses
6. If you do forcibly gain access to the car you should be willing to defend your actions in court should you be required to do so