‘Distressed’ dog is found panting in a parked car in 80F heat on the hottest day of the year

‘Distressed’ dog is found panting in a parked car in 80F heat on the hottest day of the year after being abandoned by its owner

  • Leicestershire residents discovered the dog that was left behind in a Mini Cooper
  • One window and the sunroof were slightly open to allow air to enter the car
  • There was enough space for a bowl of water that could be lowered for the dog

The footage shows a desperate dog in Leicestershire being given water that was discovered panting in a parked car on the hottest day of the year.

The dog was discovered yesterday in a Mini Cooper in Oakham, Rutland, after its owner left him in the car to endure temperatures of 80 ° F with only one window and the sunroof slightly open.

Members of the public surrounded the car after the dog was discovered and ran a bowl of water through the window to try to cool the dog down.

A volunteer with Leicestershire and Rutland 4×4 Response Nigel Pearson arrived at the car when a crowd had already formed around it.

A dog was discovered panting in a Mini Cooper in Oakham, Rutland, Leicestershire after being left behind by its owner on the hottest day of the year

He said, “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.”

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

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

Nigel said he was shocked that an owner could leave their dog alone in a car on such a hot day and that the open sunroof and window could have invited a thief to steal the dog.

One window and the sunroof were partially open, giving an affected citizen enough space to put his arm in the car

One window and the sunroof were partially open, giving an affected citizen enough space to put his arm in the car

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

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

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

Nigel also thanked the people who had helped the dog and who had already contacted the police.

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

A bowl of water is lowered into the car to cool the dog while the police are contacted

A bowl of water is lowered into the car to cool the dog while the police are contacted

It is unknown what happened to the dog after it was found, but more information has been asked from the police.

The Dogs Trust said it takes less than 20 minutes for a dog left alone in a hot car to potentially die.

This happens when the dog’s body temperature rises above 30 ° C, causing loss of muscle control and causing organ damage to the kidneys, brain, and heart.

The clear signs of a dog in distress are excessive wheezing, whimpering, and barking.

Pet owners are advised to leave their cars in the shade and keep the windows open if they need to leave a pet in the car.

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