Police Smash Car Window To Rescue Two Dogs Locked In Car On Hottest Day Of Year

by : Charlie Cocksedge on : 26 Jun 2018 14:42
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As we all come to terms with the sweltering heat and try our best not to melt into the furniture over the next few days, it’s worth remembering we’re not the only ones who need to keep cool.


Two police officers in York had to smash the window of a car to free two helpless dogs, who’d been locked inside for over half an hour in the blazing sunshine.

The incident happened outside York Hospital yesterday, (June 25), where temperatures reached 27C.

Inside the car it would have been nearly double the temperature, reports the Metro.


Officers decided to smash the car windows and free the dogs after they saw the animals ‘struggling to breathe’.

Posting on Twitter, the police said:

#PC1810 and PCSO 3680 have just rescued two dogs from a vehicle where the owners had left them for over half an hour in a car in the blazing hot sun. The window was smashed and the owners will be prosecuted by @RSPCAYORK. There is no excuse for this, I am utterly appalled… 1/2

In a second tweet, they added:

Officers were in that car for thirty seconds and were struggling to breathe so goodness knows what these poor animals were going through.

DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOG IN A HOT CAR ON A SUNNY DAY! How many warnings do you need?

The police contacted the RSPCA to attend to the dogs and thanked them for their ‘prompt’ attendance.


A spokesperson for the RSPCA said:

When we arrived police had already removed two Labradors from the vehicle.

The dogs were taken to the vets for treatment for heat exhaustion and now remain in RSPCA care.

An investigation has been launched so we cannot comment any further at this time.

In a separate statement, the RSPCA warned against the dangers of leaving animals in cars and how they can overheat.

They said:

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.

The RSPCA have also shared advice on what to do if you see dogs in hot cars, and how to treat an animal suffering from heatstroke.

The guidelines are:

Move him/her to a shaded/cool area.

Immediately douse the dog with cool (not cold) water, to avoid shock. If possible, you can also use wet towels or place him/her in the breeze of a fan.

Allow the dog to drink small amounts of cool water.

Continue to douse the dog with cool water until his/her breathing starts to settle but never so much that he/she begins to shiver.

Once the dog is cool, take him/her to the nearest vet as a matter of urgency.

York Police also tweeted to say, if you see a dog in a car and feel the need to free it, always ‘make sure you’re able to justify your actions’.


Thanks to the actions of the police, the dogs are now recovering in the care of the RSPCA.

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Charlie Cocksedge

Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist and sub-editor at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.

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