‘Distressed’ dog found panting in parked car on hottest day of the year

A “distressed” dog was found panting in a parking garage after being left in the vehicle on the hottest day of the year.

Shocked passers-by spotted the adorable pooch and managed to get water through a small gap in the window to cool it down when the temperature rose to 27 ° C yesterday.

Nigel Pearson encountered the dog in the Mini Cooper surrounded by a crowd in a residential area in Oakham, Rutland.

Nigel – a volunteer with Leicestershire and Rutland 4×4 response – told Leicestershire Live, “There were quite a few people hanging around the car so I went to see what was going on and we saw that there was a dog in the car .

“The sunroof was open and there was a small gap in the window, but the dog was clearly distressed.”

Fortunately, as the sunroof was open and the window was broken, a member of the public managed to get a bowl of water into the car to cool the dog down.

Nigel Pearson encountered the dog in the Mini Cooper surrounded by a crowd in a residential area in Oakham, Rutland

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Nigel added, “There were people with hammers ready to break the window, but I told them not to.

“I called an officer I knew and they came down straight away to deal with the situation.”

Nigel said he was shocked by the fact that someone left their dog in the car on such a hot day as it was very dangerous as the pet could easily overheat and die.

In addition to the health risk to the dog, Nigel said owners should be more vigilant as the dog could have been stolen.

Shocked passers-by spotted the adorable pooch and managed to get water through a small gap in the window to cool it off

The temperature rose to 27 ° C yesterday.

He said: “We have had so many problems with dog theft lately.

“It’s like leaving a £ 1,000 phone on the dashboard. Thieves take the dog and trigger you for it.

“Just don’t leave your dog in the car.”

He added, “Everyone in the area deserves great credit for coming out to help and fetch water.

“When I called the officer, someone had already called 101.

According to the Dogs Trust, less than 20 minutes in a hot car can prove fatal to a dog if its body exceeds 41 ° C

When they suffer, they begin to gasp, whimper, and bark excessively

“There is such a great community spirit in Oakham.”

A Leicestershire police spokeswoman said officers received a call around 4:30 p.m. yesterday to get a report of a desperate dog in a car.

It is not known what happened to the dog after it was found.

According to the Dogs Trust, less than 20 minutes in a hot car can prove fatal to a dog if its body exceeds 41 ° C.

When they suffer, they begin to gasp, whimper, and bark excessively.

The heat causes them to develop a loss of muscle control and ultimately their kidneys to stop working, their brains to be damaged, and their heart to stop.

The official advice is, “Don’t leave your dog in a parked car for even a few minutes – even if it seems cool outside, it can get very hot very quickly.

“Parking in the shade and / or keeping the windows down doesn’t make it safe.”

The Dogs Trust advice is to call the police if you run into a desperate dog in a hot car.

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