RSPCA Inspector urges dog owners not to let their pets die in locked cars

PUBLISHED: 12:11 20 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:11 20 July 2016

The RSPCA are urging all dog owners not to risk their dogs' lives in locked cars in this heat

The RSPCA are urging all dog owners not to risk their dogs' lives in locked cars in this heat


With temperatures as high as 33C recorded across north east London in the last few days, RSPCA inspectors are urging dog owners not to leave their pets in hot cars.

The animal wellfare charity received more than 100 calls this weekend from people concerned about dogs in hot environments such as locked cars and caravans.

In an open letter to the nation’s dog owners, RSPCA Inspector Justin Stubbs told of the emotional toll responding to incidents of dead dogs in locked cars has had on him.

The letter read: “Myself and my fellow inspectors at the RSPCA are used to dealing with all aspects of animal cruelty but to witness a dead dog in a hot car is particularly harrowing.

“When you go home at night, it is hard to put out of your mind that they would have slowly stifled to death, gasping for air. When a dog is left in a car for a prolonged period of time their skin blisters and they suffocate. It’s hard to think of anything worse.

“So any dog owners out there this summer, I would ask please never leave your dog in the car, there is really no excuse.”

The RSPCA urges any member of the public that sees a distressed dog in a locked car to dial 999 immediately.

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