RSPCA ‘DUMBFOUNDED’ BY IGNORANT DOG OWNERS FOLLOWING MORE CASES OF DOGS IN HOT CARS
RSPCA WA is urging dog owners to listen to its warning about leaving their dog in a car on a hot day, following a number of new incidents and continual reports to its cruelty line.
Despite widespread publicity in recent years about the dangers of leaving a dog in a hot car, people are ignorantly still putting their dog’s health and life at risk.
“I’m dumbfounded at the number of people that still think it’s ok to leave a dog in a car on a hot day,” said RSPCA WA Chief Inspector, Amanda Swift.
“It’s nothing short of stupidity. A dog can suffer heat stress and die in minutes in a hot car. Why would any dog owner want to put their pet at risk?” Ms Swift added.
“The message is very simple; do not take your dog out in the car on a hot day.
“People think that because they park in the shade or because they leave the windows down that it’s ok, and it’s not. There is no excuse for leaving a dog in a hot car. Unless a dog is being transported to the vet or somewhere essential then it shouldn’t be in the car at all on days like today,” Ms Swift continued.
Ms Swift reminds dog owners that they can be prosecuted under the Animal Welfare Act for leaving their dog in a car on a hot day.
Anyone who sees a dog left in a car on a hot day should call the Police on 131 444, RSPCA’s cruelty hotline on 1300 CRUELTY, or the local ranger.