Family Take Kitten On 200-Mile Round Trip To Beach On Hottest Day Of The Year
The kitten was spotted in a tent by fellow beach goers who got in touch with the RSPCA over concerns for the animals health in the stifling 33C heat last Thursday.
When asked why they had brought the kitten with them, the family said the children didn't want to leave the little one at home when they went on their day out.
RSPCA Inspector Graham Hammond said: "I've been an inspector for quite some time, and have seen all sorts of things but when I saw this kitten on the beach, I thought 'I've seen it all now!'
"The beach was packed and it'd been really difficult even finding parking and getting through the crowds.
"When I asked the family - who'd travelled around 100 miles from their home that morning to come to Bournemouth for a day trip - why they'd brought the kitten with them they told me the kids didn't want to leave him."
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The beach became so busy that police were forced to declare a 'major incident'.
Thankfully, the kitten is fine but the RSPCA inspector is now warning others about the dangers of the hot weather to our four legged friends and offering advice to other pet owners about how to look after their animals during the heatwave.
Inspector Hammond added: "I also spoke with three other people in the space of just 15 minutes, who were walking their dogs on the promenade in the blistering heat.
"I'd plead with people not to go out and about with their dogs in this hot weather and, instead, to keep them cool at home and in the garden.
"It's best to take dogs for walks and plan any rides on horses early in the morning and late in the evening - avoiding the hottest parts of the day - and to ensure they have constant access to shade, cool areas of the house and lots of fresh water."
Thursday saw a whopping 72 incidents reported to the RSPCA concerning animals in the heat. The charity says it received 191 calls across three days during the recent hot spell.
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