Dogs die in hot cars

As summer starts to warm up, Wood Green has joined with a number of animal welfare organisations and the National Police Chiefs’ Council to raise awareness of the issue of leaving your dog in a car on a summers day.

The message is perfectly clear...

"Not long" is too long

A car can become an oven very quickly even when it doesn’t feel that warm.
When it’s 22°C outside, within an hour, the temperature in a car can reach an unbearable 47°C - leaving a car window open simply won't keep your car cool enough.

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Nobody thinks it'll happen to them

Nobody ever thinks it’s going to happen to them or their much loved pet,
yet every year many people still gamble with their dog’s life and every
summer dogs die in hot cars.

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 are parked in the shade. The truth is it’s
still very dangerous and while not every dog left in this situation will die, at
the very least, they are likely to experience distress, discomfort and anxiety.

Just put yourself in their place and ask yourself how you’d feel about being
trapped in a hot car and just how unpleasant and frightening it would be.

So what should you do if you see a dog in a hot car? Take a look at our advice leaflet for full information.

Whilst many people think calling the RSPCA or other animal welfare organisations is the right thing to do if they find a dog in a car, in an emergency where the dogs life is at risk, they are not always able to get there in time and also have no powers to enter the vehicle to rescue the dog.

If you see a dog in a car on a hot day, please dial 999 – the police are able to respond quickly and are best equipped to help in this situation.