Dog owners have been urged not to leave their pet in a hot car following an incident in Catterick Garrison yesterday.
Members of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s community safety team rescued a dog from a hot vehicle parked in the town.
The officers were alerted by a member of the public while on another job.
The vehicle was in direct sunshine and the animal had been in for 20 minutes, the officers said.
The dog was seen panting at the window and was agitated.
The officers released the dog and were going to find some shade and a drink for the pet when the owner, who had been in the bookmakers, turned up.
He claimed he had only been two minutes and became angry.
Just taken a dog out of a car that’s been left in full sunshine for 20 minutes. It was panting at the window and agitatedWas taking dog to shade and for a drink when the owner comes out of the bookmakers saying they’d only been 2 minutes and having a real go. Shameful. Poor dog.
— NYFRS Richmondshire (@NYFRS_Rich) June 27, 2019
If a dog is left in a hot car and becomes ill or dies, the owner is likely to face a charge of animal cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
This offence can bring a prison sentence of up to six months in custody and/or a fine of up to £20,000.
The RSPCA say the interior temperature of a car can be significantly higher than the outside temperature.
“A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn’t feel that warm.
“When it’s 22 degrees, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.”