A DOG was left in a car at a Rugby retail park yesterday (Sunday July 11), when temperatures peaked at 27ºC.
Police officers from Rugby’s Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) were called to Elliott’s Field Shopping Park yesterday to a report of a dog left in a vehicle.
They rescued the dog and reported the owners to the RSPCA.
A spokesperson for Rugby SNT said: “With the hot weather forecast for the next few weeks, please do not leave dogs in vehicles.”
On social media, Rugby residents slammed those responsible as ‘heartless’, ‘cruel’, ‘stupid’ and ‘irresponsible’.
An RSPCA spokesperson said: “Many people think it’s ok to leave their dog in the car if they’re parked in the shade or the windows are open.
“But a car can become as hot as an oven, even when the weather doesn’t feel that warm. When it’s 22ºC outside, the car could reach an unbearable 47ºC within an hour. It’s very dangerous and will cause your dog suffering and harm.”
Visit https://tinyurl.com/mry6j3hs for more information from the RSPCA’s #DogsDieInHotCars campaign.