June 4, 2016
Dog safety campaign launches in Burnham and Highbridge car parks

New signs and posters have been introduced in all council-managed car parks in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge to highlight the dangers of leaving dogs alone in cars this summer.

Sedgemoor District Council is supporting an RSPCA campaign by raising awareness about the risk to pets by leaving them alone in cars during hot weather.

Councillor Ann Bown, Sedgemoor's Portfolio Holder for Customers and Community, is pictured here with Sedgemoor's Car Parks Manager Tom Dougall at the launch of the posters this week.

A spokesperson for Sedgemoor District Council told "The council is proud to support the RSPCA's campaign and highlight the potentially awful consequences of leaving dogs unattended."

"22 degrees outside can get as high as 47 degrees inside a car in less than an hour. Dogs struggle to regulate their body temperature and can easily become out of breath and very distressed, or worse, in much less time."

"Our message is clear - if you love your pet don't leave them alone in a car, caravan or motorhome, even on what seems like a mild day."

"Everyone is reminded that if they see a dog in distress in a hot vehicle to call 999 and the Police will notify the RSPCA if animal assistance is needed."

Pictured: Councillor Ann Bown, Portfolio Holder for Customers and Community, with Sedgemoor's Car Parks Manager Tom Dougall at the launch of the posters on local car parks this week


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