The RSPCA are called out to 6,000 dogs in distress in hot cars every year (UK)
Dogs Today have launched a campaign called ‘Don’t Cook Your Dog’ to try and raise awareness and reduce the amount of dogs that suffer due to being left in hot cars.
The RSPCA’s and Dogs Today’s advice is as follows:
If you see a dog in a car on a warm day, please call the police on 999
If the car is in a supermarket car park or at a public event, ask for a message to be broadcast, asking the owner to return to their car immediately.
If the police are unable to attend, call the RSPCA 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999 or if you are in Scotland: 03000 999 999 for SSPCA (Please store the number on your mobile phone!)
If the police or RSPCA can’t get to you quickly enough the please try to take photos/video of the scene, using your phone. If you decide things are serious and you need to break in to help the dog then please phone the police and let them know your intentions before doing so. Please also make sure that you record what you are doing, as you need to protect yourself from accusations of criminal damage.
Please take a look at the ‘Don’t Cook Your Dog’ website for more information (click here), and spread the word. You can also buy car stickers and life saver packs though their website.
It doesn’t have to be mid summer for a dog to die when left in a car. Leaving the car windows open does NOT prevent dogs from getting too hot.
You can find information about dealing with heat stroke in the Whippet care section of our website. Click here.