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This harrowing CCTV shows a pet owner carrying his two pet dogs to his flat after they roasted to death in his car during the summer heatwave.
Julian Bradbury locked West Highland Terriers Teddy and Poppy in his car for 80 minutes while he played with his children as temperatures soared to 79F (26C) on July 11.
He later tried to revive the dogs in the bath at his flat but both died from heat exhaustion.
Bradbury, 47, who admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the dogs at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, has been banned from keeping animals – apart from fish – for life. He was also ordered to pay a total of £850 in fines and costs.
District Judge Ian Strongman said: “It was stupidity rather than deliberate cruelty, which is why the sentence was what it was.”
The court heard Bradbury left the dogs in the sweltering car, which was parked outside his flat in Somerville House, Birmingham, at 3.24pm on July 11 and went to the flat with his children.
CCTV footage shows him coming back to the car at 4.42pm when he finds the dogs struggling to stand.
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He lies the dying dogs on the pavement then carries them inside where he tried to revive them in the bath.
At 10.25pm that day Bradbury is seen on camera with the dogs wrapped in blankets. He admitted he left their bodies in a garage and buried them in a nearby field the following day.
Bradbury claimed he had forgotten the dogs were in the car as he had childcare issues and was distracted.
RSPCA inspector Herchy Boal, who investigated the case, said: “These dogs were left in the full view of the sun during the heatwave for one hour and 18 minutes so they must have suffered a long and lingering decline.
“It was the day when England played Croatia in a World Cup match in the evening and people will I am sure recall it was very hot.
“The RSPCA’s annual campaign ‘Dogs Die in Hot Cars” states how you should never leave your dog in a parked car for even a few minutes as they become dangerously hot very rapidly so to leave them for such a long period is terrible.
“A vet said these dogs would have started suffering within a few minutes and their suffering would have been protracted.”