Animal charity warns of leaving dogs in hot cars

Friday, 3rd June 2011

In order to avoid having to buy dog meds for your four-legged friend, owners should make sure they do not leave their pooch in the car in the hot weather.

Scotland's animal welfare charity, Scottish SPCA, has highlighted the dangers posed to dogs when they are shut in a hot car.

Mike Flynn, Scottish SPCA chief superintendent, said: "Dogs have died horrific deaths having been left in hot cars in Scotland.

"Too many owners mistakenly believe that winding down a window or leaving a bowl of water is enough. Some owners also don't realise that leaving their dog for a short period of time is risking its life as cars can heat up very quickly."

He advises owners to leave their pooches at home during the hot weather and make arrangements for them to be fed and exercised if needs be.

The Scotsman recently reported that parts of Scotland reached 25 degrees Celsius yesterday (June 2nd).