RSPCA Cymru received 133 calls in June regarding animals in hot environments in Wales, and is bracing itself for a busy July as temperatures continue to soar across the country.
The new figures suggest that, in Wales, the RSPCA receives more than one call on the issue every five and a half hours.
Across England and Wales, 2,065 calls were received on the issue by the charity over the month – with a majority relating to dogs, often left in cars, caravans or vans on warm days.
RSPCA Cymru is urging the public to support them in spreading the message about the “fatal dangers of leaving animals in unsuitable environments, like dogs in warm cars”.
Over 2017, to the end of June, 290 calls have been received by the charity on the issue in Wales – meaning 46% of calls came in the month of June alone. Now, RSPCA predict a peak in reports of animals struggling in the heat during the month of July.
The RSPCA works alongside 11 other animal charities and organisations to raise awareness of the dangers of leaving pets in hot cars.
Members of the public are urged to call 999 – rather than the RSPCA – if they see a dog in distress in a hot car. The Police will then inform the RSPCA if animal welfare assistance is required.
RSPCA superintendent Martyn Hubbard said: “Put simply, there are fatal dangers of leaving animals in unsuitable environments, like dogs in warm cars.
“Temperatures can soar quickly in a car, caravan, conservatory or outbuilding. If it’s 22 outside, within an hour the temperature can reach 47C inside, which can have disastrous consequences for animals.
“Call handlers received 133 calls in June alone about animals left in hot environments in Wales, and a peak of reports of animals struggling over July seems very possible.
“We’re urging the public to continue helping us spread the message as to the dangers of people treating animals in this way. Where people see a dog in distress in a warm car, they should dial 999.”
More information on the dangers of leaving a dog in a warm car, and how the public can help stop this happening, is available online.