Police have urged dog owners to take care not to leave their animals in unattended cars amid forecasts of soaring temperatures in coming days and weeks.
The appeal was made after the local force were called out to three dogs in an unattended vehicle in the Seaways Caravan site shortly after midday today (Friday).
The dogs - a huskie and two German Shepherds - were all unhurt.
“We were called to the Seaways Caravan Site on Roman Bank shortly after midday after a workman on site expressed concern about three dogs in cages in a vehicle,” said a police spokesperson.
“A police dog handler was able to open the unlocked doors while waiting for the owners to return, who stated that there had been a mis-communication between family members about who was supposed to have let the dogs out.
“We are reminding dog owners that pets can very rapidly dehydrate and die when left in cars in hot weather, even if the windows are lowered and the car parked in the shade.
“Officers have the power to force entry to vehicles to rescue dogs in such circumstances and owners may find themselves prosecuted by the RSCPA,” they added.
The RSPCA advises owners not to leave dogs alone in cars, and that cracking open a window is not enough to ensure their safety.
They added that temperatures can quickly soar inside a vehicle, even when it isn’t that hot outside.
“Don’t leave your dog alone in a car,” said a spokesperosnf ro the charity.
“If you’re going out in the car, think very carefully about what you are going to do with your dog. You should never leave a dog alone in a car.
“It can get unbearably hot in a car on a sunny day, even when it’s not that warm. In fact, when it’s 22°C/72°F outside, the temperature inside a car can soar to 47°C/117°F within 60 minutes.
“Unlike humans, dogs pant to help keep themselves cool. In a hot stuffy car dogs can’t cool down – leaving a window open or a sunshield on your windscreen won’t keep your car cool enough. Dogs die in hot cars,” they added.
For helpful advice visit the RSPCA website.