Dogs In Hot Cars

 01/07/2016

During the warmer months it can be fun to take your dog with you on trips but do you know how quickly a car can heat up?
 
They can go from warm to deadly in minutes. Do you know what to do if you see a dog distressed in a hot car?

 
 
 
The RSPCA & Dogs Trust have information pages which can help you learn more about the danger signs to look for & how to deal with heatstroke.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
  
 
Dogs Trust video: Hot Cars Kill Dogs


 
 (Question & Answer from Ask The Police)
 
What should you do if you see a dog distressed in a hot car?

This does depend on the level of distress.
It is not advisable to force entry to the vehicle yourself. Your first step should be to call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 to inform them of the details namely, the condition of the dog, the registration number and location of the car. A dog warden service may also be able to help. They should dispatch an inspector/warden to deal with the situation if s/he can. S/he will call the police if it is necessary to break into the car.
If the matter is getting near life or death for the animal call the police directly and ask for an estimated time of arrival. If the police don't have time to get there, then you have to decide if you should take action. The law states that you have a lawful excuse to commit damage if:
'at the time of the act or acts alleged to constitute the offence you believed that the person or persons whom you believe to be entitled to consent to the destruction of or damage to the property in question . . . .would so consent to it if s/he . . . had known of the destruction or damage and its circumstances'
(section 5(2)(a) Criminal Damage Act 1971).
(this legal reference is slightly modified for clarity)
 
DON'T DO THIS UNLESS CERTAIN OF YOUR GROUND AND ARE PREPARED TO DEFEND YOUR ACTIONS AT COURT