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Dog With Steam Coming Off It Shows Why You Shouldn't Leave Your Four-Legged Friend In The Car

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Dog With Steam Coming Off It Shows Why You Shouldn't Leave Your Four-Legged Friend In The Car

With the weather set to reach record-breaking temperatures in the UK this Easter Monday, a dog owner has shared a video showing the dangers of locking your pet in a car.

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The short video shows a pooch sat in the passenger's seat with steam coming from its fur. It was filmed in the winter but shows how your dog would feel in a hot car.

And as it could reach 27C later, the short clip acts as a timely reminder of the dangers posed to animals during such intense bouts of hot weather, such as heatstroke.

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A study by confused.com found a scary 44 percent of dog-owning motorists said they had left their dog unattended in a car on a hot day.

Researchers also discovered that 70% of those admitted they had left their dog for an average of eight minutes, which is plenty of time for a car's temperature to rise to unbearable levels.

According to the RSPCA, a car sat in 24C heat can reach a sweltering 34C in just 10 minutes, and a dangerous 43C after just half-an-hour.

Animal rights charity PETA warned: "A dog trapped inside can succumb to heatstroke in mere minutes, even if the vehicle is parked in the shade with the windows slightly open."

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Dogs should not be locked in cars during hot weather. Credit: PA
Dogs should not be locked in cars during hot weather. Credit: PA

When members of the public spot a dog alone in a hot car, it can be a very tough situation, with many not knowing what to do - call the police, smash the window, attempt to find the owner or a combination of all of the above.

However, Confused.com's study found that three million drivers (8% ) did not step in when they spotted a dog left in a hot car.

The comparison site's social experiment found that only four out of hundreds of passersby stopped to help out Annie - a fake dog locked in a car in 28C heat - when a trial was carried out.

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Meanwhile, one in five (22%) said they didn't help because they just weren't aware of the risks to the animal.

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The RSPCA has given its advice as to the best course of action if you see a dog locked in a car.

The charity says: "In an emergency, it is best to dial 999 and report a dog in a hot car to police. The RSPCA may not be able to attend quickly enough and, with no powers of entry, we'd need police assistance at such an incident.

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"If the animal is displaying any sign of heatstroke - such as panting heavily, drooling excessively, is lethargic or uncoordinated, or collapsed and vomiting - call 999 immediately."

For more information, head to the RSPCA website.

Featured Image Credit: LADbible

Topics: RSPCA, Weather, UK News, PETA, Animals, Dogs

Dominic Smithers
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