It's not exactly specialist knowledge that dogs cannot cope well with warm temperatures, yet two dogs have died in the current heat wave, leading the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) to issue a warning.

The charity hit out at the owners who left their dogs cooped up in roasting hot cars, in spite of plenty of warnings. RSPCA received a spate of calls to its National Control Centre about pooches locked up in cars over the weekend of July 6th and 7th, numbering around 350 in total.

Nevertheless, a seven-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier died outside a pub in Bradford, West Yorkshire while its owners had a Sunday lunch on July 7th.

A separate incident saw a two-year-old Rottweiler perish outside in Bury, Greater Manchester where it was left in car outside its owner's home.

People were interviewed following both incidents. Under the Animal Welfare Act there is a legal duty upon the owner to take due car of their animal and if it is put at risk there is a chance of prosecution.

"The death of those dogs was an avoidable tragedy. Leaving a dog in a hot car has the same kind of effect as putting it in a microwave. They are literally cooked alive, in what is a horrendous death," said RSPCA North regional superintendent Martin Marsh.

"People just aren’t listening. Leaving a window open simply isn’t enough, and in-car temperatures rise quickly, even if it’s cloudy.

"What people need to realise is that the next animal to die in a hot car, conservatory or outbuilding could be their pet - that’s how serious this is."

The abhorrent suffering caused to animals left in hot cars is something that should never occur - leaving a bowl of water and the window open is not enough to prevent a dog getting heatstroke, which is a potentially fatal condition.

Written by: Hannah