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It's that time of the year again, when people suddenly start leaving their dogs in the car with no access to shade or water.
Over the weekend, police were forced to intervene when they noticed two dogs trapped inside a hot car while the owners went on a shopping spree.
The black and white dogs were shut inside without any water, and with a window only slightly cracked open, officers said.
Cops from Staffordshire Police said the dogs were in danger of overheating and dehydration when they spotted them on Saturday (17 April).
They managed to get to them without damaging the car, and took them to a nearby police station.
The two dogs can then be seen in photos posted on social media, happily sat in the back of a police vehicle having had some fresh air.
The pet dogs were rescued from the car park of the brand new £160m McArthurGlen shopping village in Cannock, Staffs.,
The incident has been reported to the RSPCA.
Posting on social media Cannock Police said: "Another example of dogs being left in a vehicle parked at the new outlet, on a hot day in Cannock... without any access to water.
"If you want to know how hot it gets in the car with a window cracked open and the engine off... you can try sitting in the car yourself.
"We've managed to pop the door open without damage, and these very hot & thirsty dogs have been taken to Cannock Police Station, should the owner wish to collect them.
"It goes without saying the RSPCA will be informed."
There have been more than 1,500 reactions to the post with a further 350 comments, mostly commending the police for their efforts.
One person wrote: "Well done Cannock Police ...when will people learn..Hope the lecture they got on collection will sink in and they value their dogs a bit more over the latest named clothing they bought."
Another added: "Thank goodness they are safe poor things .. they didn't ask to be left in a hot car, poor dogs .. owner should hand them over clearly more interested in shopping !! ... you wouldn't leave your kids in a hot car why are dogs any different!"
A third suggested: "They shouldn't have them back until they complete a course on how to treat and rear a dog properly."