Increase in dogs being left in sweltering cars
With the balmy temperatures seen as of late the number of burnt bodies has inevitably increased as has the number of distressed (sometimes frantic) calls to the RSPCA reporting dogs trapped in sweltering cars, often with to little or no ventilation.
To put it in perspective: between the 1st and the 26th April this year the RSPCA have received 968 calls regarding dogs trapped in cars, last year they received 610!
No matter how much information is out there informing people of the deadly dangers, there are still those that for whatever reason chose to ignore it. They think nothing of locking pooch in the car whilst they merrily skip off to enjoy the sunshine; clearly they have no common sense either.
With more scorching temperatures on their way the RSPCA is picking up its campaign to remind and reinforce the message that dogs, cars, caravans and conservatories just don't mix! They detail how there is a growing trend of people thinking they are protecting their dog from the dangers if they leave the window slightly open and a bowl of water nearby. This is NOT the case, dogs can (and do) still die from heatstroke in these conditions. Their message is non-comprisable, just don't do it!
Let us deliver a statistic for you which may just get across the gravity of the dangers involved.
If the outside temperature is 22 degrees and you leave your dog in the car for an hour, thinking you are being responsible by leaving the window slightly open, then return from shopping with the temperature remaining 22 degrees outside, the temperature inside the car has soared to a deadly 47 degrees! Cars get very hot, very quickly.
Dogs can slip into comas in hot temperatures, they have no means of regulating their body temperature and they have no way of telling you they are too hot. So, do the right thing this summer: take the tail-wagger with you. Spread the word and keep your eyes peeled for distressed dogs!
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