Police in South London were forced to smash open a van window to rescue a dog locked in the vehicle during Britain’s heatwave.
Temperatures had reached 31°C on Wednesday (July 25) when Police discovered a poor dog in Bromley town centre car park, panting due to being confined to his owner’s van. Police had to smash the window in order to retrieve the dog, Furthermore, when his owner finally showed up they gave him an earful for being irresponsible and putting the dog’s life in danger.
This summer has seen the country endure record-breaking heatwaves prompting healthy and safety warnings from the Met Office and the RSPCA.
London, in particular, has been barraged with a constant heatwave, it hasn’t rained in the capital since Friday, July 13. As mentioned, the RSPCA and various other charities have been sending out PSAs over the summer to warn pet owners to be vigilant, particularly for cat and dogs owners.
However, the message appears to have gone unheeded as there are owners who are still putting their dogs in life-threatening situations – which, more-often-than-not, is not their intention. As is the case with the owner of the van and his dog.
Speaking to the local newspaper News Shopper, an Officer said:
The window was smashed so that the dog could be removed from the hot van and the driver has been given suitable words of advice by the attending officers.
We were alerted to this dog locked in a van in #Bromley this afternoon. It’s 30 degrees outside! Officers left with no option but to break van window to get the animal out. #DogsDieInHotCars #520PY pic.twitter.com/oKrZRdKuTa
— Bromley MPS (@MPSBromley) July 25, 2018
The Metropolitan Police in Bromley also Tweeted pictures of the grateful pup, along with a message to all other pet owners which stated:
We were alerted to this dog locked in a van in #Bromley this afternoon.
It’s 30 degrees outside! Officers left with no option but to break van window to get the animal out. #DogsDieInHotCars #520PY
This month animal charities sent out warnings to pet owners across Britain as the country braced itself for an extended period of intense weather conditions.
Caution has been urged to pet owners, in particular dog owners who are intending to take their four-legged friends for a walk this summer, as the scorching heat poses a threat to animals walking on pavements and other hot surfaces.
At the beginning of July, owners in the UK were warned to look out for their canine companions health.
While we may be basking in the scorching hot weather we tend to forget about the well being of our furry companions. This comes after a ‘fit and healthy’ dog died after going out for a walk in the north-west of England last month (June 28th).
The poor pooch died of heatstroke after going out for a walk in temperatures as high as 21°C.
A day after the dog died from heatstroke an RSPCA spokesman for the Altrincham, Cheshire branch said:
This morning we have been informed that yesterday a local dog died of heat stroke after being taken on a walk at 9am when the temperature was 21 degrees. The dog was five-years-old and otherwise fit and healthy.
Despite lots of warnings about the heat we still see dogs being walked to the shops, on the school run, or as soon as owners get in from work.
We do understand the crucial nature of walking your dog, however please bear in mind that walking in high temperatures can cause serious and irreversible damage, and in some cases death.
Yesterday, the high for the day was at 4pm but this is when most of the dogs we spotted were out and about. It doesn’t matter if your dog is white, young, not a bull breed or ‘used to the heat’. Please be mindful of their needs.
In the meantime, please look out for signs of heat stroke.
According to the RSPCA’s website, if you see a dog in a car suffering you should dial 999 as they could soon lose consciousness and experience internal organ failure.
Tell-tale signs of heatstroke in a dog include heavy panting, excessive drooling, appearing lethargic, drowsy or disorientated, collapsing and/or vomiting.
The RSPCA emphasise failure to act upon these symptoms can be fatal to your dog.
If they do show signs of heatstroke, they advise you to move them to a cool, shaded area and contact a vet immediately.
Furthermore, some dogs are more susceptible to heatstroke than others as factors such as age, the thickness of coats or dogs with flat faces (like pugs and bulldogs) play a part in the matter. Also, dogs with certain diseases or on medication are at risk.
To give your dog the best chance of survival from heatstroke you need to gradually lower their body temperature.
There are a number of ways to do this such as; moving them to a cool, shaded area, immediately dousing the dog with cool (not cold) water to avoid shock, you can also use wet towels or place him/her in the breeze of a fan. Giving the dog small amounts of water to drink will help too.
For more information head over to the RSPCA website by clicking here.
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