Charity launches biggest campaign to date to stop dogs being left in hot cars

The Northern Echo: HOT DOGS: The Dogs Trust has launched its biggest campaign to date encouraging people not to leave their dogs in hot cars HOT DOGS: The Dogs Trust has launched its biggest campaign to date encouraging people not to leave their dogs in hot cars

PEOPLE in the North-East are more likely to leave their dog alone in their car than their mobile phone, according to new figures.

The Dogs Trust, which carried out the study, found 47 per cent of people in the region would leave their dog alone in their car, while just five per cent would leave their mobile phone.

A further 42 per cent of people believe it is acceptable to leave a dog in a car if they leave a window open or park in the shade.

The hard-hitting figures come as the dog welfare charity launches its largest campaign to date – Hot Dogs - to warn owners of the dangers of leaving their pets in parked cars, even for a few minutes.

Less than 20 minutes in a hot car can prove fatal to a dog if its body temperature exceeds 41 degrees Celsius.

With more hot weather expected this summer and as people take to the roads with their dogs over the May bank holiday, the charity is urging people not to leave their pets alone in their car.

Paula Boyden, veterinary director at the charity, said: “We claim to be a nation of dog lovers, but it’s shocking how many people are willing to put man’s best friend in serious danger.

“As soon as the car doors are shut the countdown begins - which could potentially end in an agonising death for the dog. Our message is simple: don’t leave your dog in a parked car.”

The charity is urging people to keep their dogs as cool as possible when driving, to carry water for their pets and to stop regularly for water breaks.

Anyone wanting to report a dog left unattended in a hot car can call the police on 101 or the RSPCA on 0300-1234-999.

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12:37am Thu 22 May 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Given the last few years the charity would be well advised to spend much of its campaign money informing local police forces of the need to not keep dogs in cars - the number of dogs murdered by the police each year is a disgrace.
Given the last few years the charity would be well advised to spend much of its campaign money informing local police forces of the need to not keep dogs in cars - the number of dogs murdered by the police each year is a disgrace. Voice-of-reality
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8:58am Thu 22 May 14

Yemen says...

Voice-of-reality wrote:
Given the last few years the charity would be well advised to spend much of its campaign money informing local police forces of the need to not keep dogs in cars - the number of dogs murdered by the police each year is a disgrace.
Are you referring to dogs used by the police and dying while being used/trained or to the number of dogs that are destroyed by police ?
[quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: Given the last few years the charity would be well advised to spend much of its campaign money informing local police forces of the need to not keep dogs in cars - the number of dogs murdered by the police each year is a disgrace.[/p][/quote]Are you referring to dogs used by the police and dying while being used/trained or to the number of dogs that are destroyed by police ? Yemen
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9:45am Thu 22 May 14

Voice-of-reality says...

I'm referring to the number left in police cars and vans each year that are left to die. If it were members of the public leaving the dogs in such conditions, charges would follow - but as it is the police - they seem 'as ever' to turn a blind eye to the misconduct of their own.
I'm referring to the number left in police cars and vans each year that are left to die. If it were members of the public leaving the dogs in such conditions, charges would follow - but as it is the police - they seem 'as ever' to turn a blind eye to the misconduct of their own. Voice-of-reality
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10:04am Thu 22 May 14

Yemen says...

Voice-of-reality wrote:
I'm referring to the number left in police cars and vans each year that are left to die. If it were members of the public leaving the dogs in such conditions, charges would follow - but as it is the police - they seem 'as ever' to turn a blind eye to the misconduct of their own.
thanks for the clarification. I concur, no rules for them but laws for us it seems :/
[quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: I'm referring to the number left in police cars and vans each year that are left to die. If it were members of the public leaving the dogs in such conditions, charges would follow - but as it is the police - they seem 'as ever' to turn a blind eye to the misconduct of their own.[/p][/quote]thanks for the clarification. I concur, no rules for them but laws for us it seems :/ Yemen
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