Policeman Smashes Car Window In A Bid To Rescue Dog
If you're part of the crusade against dogs being left in boiling cars, then you'll be pleased to see that this bodycam footage shows the moment a policeman smashes through a car window to rescue a small pooch from the scorching interior. Good work.
The heroic officer was PC Martyn Powell from Wiltshire Police, who took the decision to shatter the window to free a panicking pet that had become tangled up in the heat - which could have been as high as 40 degrees Celsius.
The rescue took place last week and PC Powell can be seen - not to mention heard - smashing the window with a metal bar before unlocking the vehicle and climbing inside.
He provides some reassuring words to his new pal before untangling it from the lead and clambering into the back, which gave the dog a better route out of the car - preventing it from having to step on any broken glass.
The officer, from Wiltshire South Community Policing Team, said: "We received a call from a member of the public who was concerned about the welfare of a dog, which had been left in a vehicle for a number of hours on a hot day.
"Although the windows were opened slightly, the dog didn't have any water and had become tangled on their lead restricting their movement within the vehicle.
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"I was concerned for the welfare of the dog and I took the decision to smash the window of the car to free the dog."
Explaining what happened on their Facebook page, Wiltshire Police made contact with the owner, who was honest and apologised for their actions and was given words of advice about animal welfare.
The owner also agreed to pay a £50 ($63) donation to The Dog's Trust.
PC Powell added: "We spoke to the owner, who was very remorseful and, as we had no other concerns about the dog, we agreed the best course of action was a community resolution in the form of a charity donation.
"The temperature within vehicles can more than double in an hour even with the windows are open. On this particular day it was 21 degrees Celsius meaning that the temperature in the vehicle was in excess of 40 degrees Celsius.
"Prolonged exposure to this temperature can be dangerous to people but more so to our pets. Please make sure that you consider your pet's welfare with the plans for your day."
If you need any more advice on why you should never leave your four-legged friend inside a hot car, click here. But in short, just don't do it.
Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Wiltshire Police