As the temperature rises, leave your furry friends safe at home. Never leave an animal in a hot car, not even for a few minutes as it just takes moments for temperatures inside a car to reach deadly levels.ADVICE: Police issue warning after rescuing distressed dog dog from hot car
We're urging dog owners not to leave their animals trapped in hot cars after officers today had to force open a car door window to rescue a distressed dog in Edwinstowe.
Our officers were made aware of a husky-type dog panting very heavily inside a car with its four windows left only slightly ajar at Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre car park this afternoon (Sunday 21 April 2019).
They tried to contact the vehicle owner but initially without success. It wasn’t known how long the dog had been trapped inside. They managed to force a window open and give the dog some water and then managed to open the boot and get the dog out.
Chief Inspector Annie Reavley, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “It takes less than an hour for the temperature inside a car, even with a window open, to more than double when it's 22 degrees Celsius outside. This could prove fatal to the dog even if a window is slightly open.
“In this instance we had to force open one of the car windows to rescue the dog. Luckily it was able to return home with its owners safe and well but if we hadn’t been made aware the consequences could have been far more serious. Heatstroke can be fatal to dogs.
“With another warm day forecast tomorrow, as people continue to enjoy the Easter Bank Holiday, we just want to remind dog owners of the dangers of leaving their animals trapped inside hot cars - even for a few minutes. Temperatures inside vehicles can rise rapidly, which can make dogs very distressed.”
For more advice, including what you should do if you see a dog showing signs of distress in a hot car, visit crowd.in/MpYFQA
For more information on what to do and helping animals that are suffering heatstroke, please visit the RSPCA website crowd.in/bLpAGz