AN animal welfare charity is warning dog owners not to leave their pets in the car, conservatories or caravans while temperatures continue to soar.
In just three days last week, the RSPCA was called to 36 incidents of animals being left in hot conditions locally, involving 44 dogs, and inspectors have been run ragged responding to calls about dogs in hot cars.
As a result, the RSPCA is concerned people are not taking advice and are continuing to leave animals in places that are far too hot.
RSPCA South East regional superintendent Paul Stilgoe said, “Most people seem to know the ‘don’t leave dogs in hot cars’ message, but I think they just don’t think anything bad will happen to their pets, particularly if they’re just leaving them for a few minutes.
“What people need to realise is that the next animal to die in a hot car, conservatory or outbuilding could be their pet – that’s how serious this is.”
All too often, owners make the mistake of thinking that it is sufficient to leave a bowl of water or a window open for their pet but this is not enough to protect your pet from heatstroke, which can have fatal consequences. Even a hot garden without shade can be disastrous for an animal.
As an example, the temperature inside a vehicle can soar to 47 degrees within 60 minutes when the outside temperature is just 22 degrees.
And the temperature in an air- conditioned car can reach the same temperature as outside within just five minutes of the air conditioning being turned off.