RSPCA Issues warning
Written by Gavin on 30th June 2018
As temperatures continue to soar across Wales, RSPCA Cymru has received a further 51 calls over the previous three days about members of the public concerned about animals kept in hot environments.
Throughout England and Wales, the total number of calls to the RSPCA amounted to 562 – with the clear majority understood to relate to dogs left in hot vehicles.
Tuesday 26th June – 14
Wednesday 27th June – 21
Thursday 28th June – 16
RSPCA Cymru continues to warn members of the public as to the potentially fatal dangers of leaving a dog in a hot car.
The animal welfare charity always urges people to call police on 999 if they see a dog in such a dangerous situation; indicating that the number of incidents taking place is likely to be considerably higher.
RSPCA superintendent Martyn Hubbard warned:
“Temperatures can rise rapidly inside cars, caravans and even conservatories.
“When it is 22°C outside, within an hour the temperature can reach 47°C inside a vehicle. This can cause heat stroke, and ultimately can have fatal consequences for dogs.
“All over Wales, temperatures have been soaring in recent days – and over the last 72 hours, we’ve seen 51 calls come into us.
“However, the RSPCA does not have powers of entry. Our advice remains that – in an emergency – people should dial 999 to report a dog in a hot car to the police.
“Our message is clear – ‘not long is too long’. A warm vehicle can be a death trap for dogs – but sadly these latest call statistics highlight that too many people may be prepared to take this risk.”
A dog’s normal body temperature is around 39°C (102°F). Although the upper lethal body temperature of dogs is approximately 42°C (108°F), brain damage may develop at body temperatures of 41°C (106°F).
Dogs are covered in fur and don’t sweat in the same way as humans do. Unlike humans, dogs pant to help keep themselves cool. The effectiveness of panting is reduced at high temperatures and in humid conditions.
For additional information about what to do if an individual is worried about a dog in a hot car or a dog displaying signs of heatstroke, see the RSPCA website.