dog in a hot car

Dogs die in hot cars

Never leave your dog alone in a car on a warm day!!

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 a little or they’re parked in the shade, but the truth is, it’s still an incredibly dangerous situation for the dog.

A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When it’s 22°C, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47°C within just an hour!

Help a dog in a hot car

  • Establish the animal's health and condition. If they're displaying any signs of heatstrokedial 1717 immediately.
  • If the situation becomes critical for the dog and the police are too far away or unable to attend, many people’s instinct will be to break into the carto free the dog. If you decide to do this, please be aware that without proper justification, this could be classed as criminal damage and, potentially, you may need to defend your actions in court.

If the dog isn't displaying symptoms of heatstroke

  • Establish how long the dog has been in the car.
  • Make a note of the car’s registration. If the owner returns, but you still feel the situation was dangerous for the dog, you may still report the incident to the relevant authorities.
  • If you’re at a shop, venue or event ask the staff to make an announcement to alert the owner of the situation.
  • If possible, get someone to stay with the dogto monitor their condition. If they begin to display signs of distress or heatstroke, be prepared to dial 1717.