Police forces in the UK issue warnings not to leave dogs in hot cars during heatwave

The RSPCA say dogs shouldn’t be left alone in cars on a warm day (Picture: Rex)
The RSPCA say dogs shouldn’t be left alone in cars on a warm day (Picture: Rex)

Police in the UK have issued warnings not to leave dogs in hot cars during this week’s heatwave.

Temperatures are expected to hover around the 30C mark all week, meaning dog owners must be extra vigilant.

Several police forces have issued guidance about the dangers to dogs in the hot conditions.

On Facebook, Cheshire Police posted a picture of RSPCA guidelines about what to do with your dog when the temperatures are high.


The force wrote: “Temp is rising to 30C or even hotter in some areas this week so please do not leave your dog(s) or children alone in the car.

“It only takes a few minutes for them to overheat in this weather. If you see a dog or child in distress, dial 999.”

Greater Manchester Police also tweeted a link to the RSPCA advice, while Humberside Police Dog Section posted its own message on Twitter.

It said: “Remember to give dogs plenty of shade and water, walk them early in the day or later when it’s not as hot – think how hot pavement is on dogs paws! And obviously never leave dogs in cars.”

On Sunday, a car window was smashed in Minehead, Somerset, in order to protect two dogs trapped inside.

PC Joe Anderson, from Avon and Somerset Police, posted on Facebook: “Do not leave dogs unattended in hot vehicles! This window was smashed in Minehead today in order to protect the two dogs inside… the details of the owners will be passed to the RSPCA. Thank you to the person who reported this to us.”

The RSPCA in England and Wales tweeted: “Whilst we’re enjoying this glorious weather, animals may be struggling to cope with the heat.

“Make sure they have access to shade and fresh drinking water, and perhaps even a paddling pool!”

On its website, the RSPCA says: “Never leave animals in hot cars, conservatories, outbuildings or caravans, even if it’s just for a short while. Temperatures can quickly rise to 47°C (117°F) which can result in death.

“Ensure pets always have access to shade and fresh drinking water to help keep them cool.

“Putting ice cubes into your dog or cat’s water bowl or making some tasty ice cube treats is another fantastic idea.

The hot weather can be dangerous for dogs (Picture: Rex)
The hot weather can be dangerous for dogs (Picture: Rex)

“Damp towels for your pet to lie on or an ice pack wrapped in a towel could provide a welcome relief from the heat. Dogs may also appreciate a paddling pool to splash around in.

“Dogs need exercise, even when it’s hot. We recommend walking your dog in the morning or evening when they will not burn its paws on the pavement or be at increased risk of heatstroke.”

It said anyone who sees a dog in distress in a hot car should call 999.

“Many people still believe that it’s ok to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they’re parked in the shade, but the truth is, it’s still a very dangerous situation for the dog,” said the RSPCA.

However, it warned that smashing a car window to help a dog could be classed as criminal damage.