issues warning to dog owners as temperatures rise in Burnham
temperatures set to soar above 20C this weekend, the RSPCA has
issued advice to pet owners in the Burnham-On-Sea area to ensure
their animals are comfortable and happy in the heat.
Met Office has predicted highs of over 20C on Saturday and Sunday,
prompting the RSPCA to remind pet owners to consider their animals.
year the RSPCA receives thousands of reports of animals suffering
from heat exposure, particularly where dogs have been left in
important to remember not to leave any animal in a car or caravan,
or in a conservatory or outbuilding, where temperatures can quickly
rise to 47C which can result in death," said RSPCA inspector
month, Anthony left a thermometer in his van in 15C heat and left
it for an hour to see what temperature it would reach inside his
vehicle. Within just 60 minutes, the temperature had climbed to
added: "In an emergency, it is best to dial 999 and report
a dog in a hot car to police. The RSPCA may not be able to attend
quickly enough and, with no powers of entry, wed need police
assistance at such an incident."
the animal is displaying any sign of heatstroke - such as panting
heavily, drooling excessively, is lethargic or uncoordinated,
or collapsed and vomiting - call 999 immediately."
the situation becomes critical and police cant attend, many
peoples instinct is to break into the car to free the dog.
But please be aware that, without proper justification, this could
be classed as criminal damage. Make sure you tell the police of
your intentions and take photos or footage of the dog as well
as names and numbers of witnesses. The law states that you have
a lawful excuse to commit damage if you believe that the owner
of the property that you damage would consent to the damage if
they knew the circumstances."