The Kennel Club is urging people to never leave a dog in the car alone. Even on just a warm day, leaving the windows open and supplying water can make little difference, as a car can still heat up all too quickly to around 50°C even when there are clouds around.
Caroline Kisko, the Kennel Club’s communications director, says: “We all know how hot cars can get during the summer. Whether in the sun or the shade, cars heat up quickly and it can often be unbearable for us before the air-conditioning comes into effect, never mind dogs. Dogs can only cool down by panting and sweating through their paws, so they will find the heat far worse than humans. Owners are urged not to think that dogs can handle heat like we can and to realise that it is never safe to leave the dog in the car alone, weather the windows are open or not.”
If you see a dog suffering in a car, whether it be in a supermarket car park or at a show, make sure you let someone in authority know and if in doubt call the police or the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.