As the warm summer weather continues to provide the country with the summer many were hoping for, the risk the heat poses to dogs also continues to grow.
Three Rivers District Council issued advice for dog owners via social media to make sure pets in the region are kept cool and out of harm.
The advice, taken from the RSPCA, urged dog owners that leaving dogs in cars, even with windows open, is still very dangerous.
The information read: “Not long is too long to leave a dog alone in a car. Call 999 if you see a dog in distress.
“Many people still believe that it’s ok to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they’re parked in the shade, but the truth is, it’s still a very dangerous situation for the dog.
“A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When it’s 22 degrees, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.”
The RSPCA’s information also advised anyone who may come across a distressed pet stuck in a car and the police are far away, to make sure they have proper justification before taking matters into their own hands.
It said: “If the situation becomes critical for the dog and the police are too far away or unable to attend, many people’s instinct will be to break into the car to free the dog. If you decide to do this, please be aware that without proper justification, this could be classed as criminal damage and, potentially, you may need to defend your actions in court.
“Make sure you tell the police what you intend to do and why.”