Scaffolder Confronts 'Arrogant Driver' After Saving Two Dogs From Car In '33 Degree' Heat
Everyone knows that there's a heatwave in full force at the moment - in fact, it might be getting kind of boring to some.
And during a hot summer's day while we're hot and irritable one thing sure to get on our nerves is dogs getting locked inside their owners' car. When will these people learn? Only four days ago a pup collapsed after being left in what is essentially a lump of metal.
And now a scaffolder has rescued a dog from a car as temperatures soared past 33C.
Danny Cruttwell, 35, filmed the video yesterday afternoon at a Tesco store in Horsham, West Sussex.
A man approached the rescued pup with a bottle of water and the animal tried to drink it from the bottle before inhaling it off the ground.
And just as Danny from Crawley in Sussex, tried to rescue the second dog - a small puppy - the owner returned.
Danny confronted the woman, claiming it was 33C in his own vehicle but she brushed any wrongdoing off saying she had been inside the store for 'two seconds'.
Now, Danny has said: "I saw the dogs when I first got to the store and then after taking an hour to do my shopping, they were still there when I left.
"I could tell they were in distress, they were panting and pacing through the car. I knew I needed to get them out urgently as they had no access to water.
"My car's temperature's gauge said that it was 33 degrees outside of the car so it must have been even hotter inside.
"I was willing to smash a window but to my surprise the car was unlocked so I just opened the door and called the first dog out."
He filmed what he was doing as evidence that the dogs were in distress and gave a running commentary as he went about his rescue mission.
He can be heard saying: "I was just doing my shopping, there's a little window open - puppy inside and a little puppy inside. If I was a thief, I'd have had these. I checked the car door, and it opens. So, I'm going to get the little dog out."
He continued: "It's a liberty. If the door wasn't open I'd smash the window."
When the passerby arrived with the bottle of water Danny asked him to hold the dog while he got the other one out.
Then the owner of the dogs arrived and Danny told her: "You can't leave your dogs in the car like this".
To which she responded: "We were two seconds," even though Danny had been filming for nearly three minutes.
He said: "I've been in there and bought my stuff and this car was already here. You're lucky I never smashed your window open. There's a puppy in there. It's 33 degrees. Look at that puppy in there. It's a beautiful dog."
She replied: "Excuse me while I'm talking and don't be such an arrogant pig."
Danny replied: "When I parked here I took a photo. Your car was already here. I've got a video."
After the incident, Danny said: "The owner's partner then came over and was more worried about a lost wallet then his dogs.
"Afterwards, the couple sped away with them. I just hope people begin to realise how dangerous it is to leave your dogs in this heat.
"A person wouldn't be able to cope with being left in a scorching car, and neither can a dog."
Peta, the animal welfare charity, give directions on how to deal with dogs in hot cars, saying: "Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes.
"Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting."
The RSPCA can prosecute people who leave their dogs inside their cans in blisteringly hot conditions. They warn that when the temperature outside is 22C it can reach 47C inside a car within an hour.
This can cause a dog to suffer heatstroke which can lead to death in just 10 minutes.
If you see a dog in distress you can call the RSPCA 24-hour cruelty line for advice on 0300 1234 999 but if you feel the dog is in serious danger dial 999.
And if you decide to break a window you could be charged with criminal damage unless you can explain that you acted with proper justification - so take lots of pictures and videos, making sure to get names of witnesses to the incident.
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