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Your dog may be at risk - please take a minute to read this.

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Your dog may be at risk - please take a minute to read this.

Summer is here and the weather is really hotting up. Some of us may have already suffered a spell of heatstroke and will know how uncomfortable it is, but we are not the only ones that are vulnerable in particularly warm weather; if a dog has heatstroke, its condition can be life-threatening.

In the UK it might not be illegal to leave your dog in a car, but it is illegal to mis-treat or abuse an animal in your care. Leaving your dog in a hot car is deemed animal neglect under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and you may face a fine and a good telling-off for your troubles. Noticing a dog trapped in a car on a warm day can also be very stressful for passers-by as it places them in an impossible situation. Do you smash the window to get the dog out? Or do you just sit back and wait for the owner to return?

Hot cars are not the only places that dogs are at risk during warm weather. Caravans and conservatories also pose a heatstroke hazard. Glass is an insulator and a conservatory can quickly become a greenhouse with your dog inside. Open windows, close blinds and place a fan in the area if your dog has to be left, but try to avoid this on hot days.

If you see a dog in a hot car this summer, it is best to call the police or the RSPCA's 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234999.

To help us raise awareness of the dangers, please share this as much as possible! The more people that see it, the more dogs we will hopefully save.

If you have any comments on this discussion, please post them below or email me directly: [email protected]

Written by: Hannah Dyball


29th Jun 2015

Thank you for this. I thought I understood about dogs in cars and warm weather but I was probably too optimistic in my assessment.
Thank you

29th Jun 2015

I would never leave my dog in a car does not matter if I am only going to be a couple of minutes. there was one in a car when I went to a shop last week the lady in front of me went straight to the checkout and reported it they called the woman over the tannoy she said I was only 10 mins in my idea 10 mins to long she said anyway it is not my stupid.

29th Jun 2015
Customer Since: October 2012
From: Dorset, United Kingdom

Leave plenty of water kept as many windowas u can open to let air flow if u need to go out leave the flipping dog or dogs at home or wait till it's cooler never leave in the car I have two dogs if I go out I leave at home wiv the back door open and it's nice and cool most of the windows are open not a nof to get broke into how would u feel no air

30th Jun 2015
Customer Since: June 2015
From: West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

How can anybody think its ok to leave a dog or any other animal in a hot car these people must be either thick or down right cruel

1st Jul 2015
Customer Since: November 2014
From: Cornwall, United Kingdom

Not a comment is such, but can we get a poster from you like the orange one you display above?

5th Aug 2015
Customer Since: March 2013
From: Surrey, United Kingdom

Yes please can we have a poster to post up. I totally agree they cannot speak for themselves so we must speak up for them. They just don't stand a chance even in muggy weather. So many have died unnecessarily. It is my worst nightmare to walk along the road and see a dog in a car with no window open. I was in France once and don't speak much French but rushed into a Casino to get owners out as their dogs were in the car totally shut up. They were annoyed with me and said they always did it. But let them be annoyed they should not do it.

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