What to do if you see a dog in a hot car

Despite all the news and social media it still seems to be happening on a regular basis with pets being left in got cars.

So here's some advice from the Dog's Trust on what to do if you find a dog left in a car and a helpful document on how to keep your dog cool.

  • Try to find the owner of the car and the dog.

  • If the owners of the car cannot be contacted and you are worried about the welfare of the dog, contact the police on 999 to attend the vehicle.

  • You should not take any action to gain access to the car without first speaking to the police. 

  • Always take images/footage of the dog and the names and numbers of witnesses to the incident. 

  • 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 (section 5(2)(a) Criminal Damage Act 1971).

  • If a dog has been in a car for even a short time it may need its temperature brought down slowly by drinking and through cooling the body. We would recommend seeking veterinary advice on this, but include some tips below;

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