Wood Green, The Animals Charity, today, calls on us all to help ensure dogs do not lose their lives as a result of our ignorant behavior.
With the Summer solstice just behind us and the prospect of much warmer days ahead, the charity says this is exactly the time of year that their admissions team has an increase in enquiries from concerned members of the public, worrying about laws regarding dogs in vehicles.
In the worst of cases, this could mean a family returning to a car to discover their dog has been overcome by heat.
Sally Stevens (pictured above with Dustin), director of communications at Wood Green, The Animals Charity, said: “We all want to take our dogs with us when we’re out and about over the summer, but it can so easily lead to tragedy if we don’t think through our actions.
“We hear time and again about people who’ve just ‘popped into the supermarket for half an hour’ or run a few errands while leaving a dog inside a car. They can think the animal will be perfectly fine, but in fact, the heat inside a car could be pushing 35 to 40 degrees, even when it’s only half that outside.”
Ms Stevens urged owners to consider their routine more carefully when travelling with a dog, and at the same time called on non-dog-owners to be vigilant of pets shut in vehicles.
“I would urge every pet owner who regularly travels with their dog to give more thought this summer to how they’re going to keep their beloved animal safe and well.
“Even parking in the shade or taking the window down slightly are not significant enough steps to keep a dog safe. They cannot cool themselves the way humans can when the heat takes hold.”
She added: “I’d also urge everyone out and about over the summer to be conscious of this message and brave enough to report cases of dogs shut in hot cars.
“By alerting the police, they could help prevent the serious harm to, or death of, an animal.”
The charity’s important message coincides with a collaborative campaign by a coalition of animal welfare organisations – including Wood Green – to educate us about the threat of dogs dying in hot cars.
Last week, hard-hitting new adverts were released to encourage people to share the message.
Ms Stevens reiterated that anyone unsure how to avoid their dog being in hot inappropriate conditions, or wanting to discuss welfare matters, can call the Wood Green team for more advice on 0844 248 8181.