Have you ever climbed into a car that has been sat in the sun on a hot summer’s day? If so, you’ll appreciate how hot the inside of a car can get. It's like climbing inside an oven.
Knowing this, it is incredible to learn that almost half of us mistakenly believe it is okay to leave a dog in a car if counter measures are taken, such as parking in the shade or leaving a window open. And this isn't all:
- More than one in 10 people know of a dog that has come to harm left in a
parked car in hot weather
- Over a quarter of UK dog owners admit to leaving their dog alone in
- Brits are far more likely to leave their dog in a car alone for a few minutes
than their phone
The truth is that partially lowering the window has no significant effect on the temperature inside a parked car. Not only this, but under 20 minutes in a hot car can prove fatal to a dog should its body temperature exceed 41 degrees Celsius.
The Dogs Trust have launched a hard hitting campaign to highlight this urgent and dangerous issue to pet owners. The campaign has a simple message: do not leave your pets in parked cars, even for a few minutes. If you see a dog in distress in a parked car, then you can help. Call the police service (101) or the RSPCA.