The current heatwave Britain has been experiencing has led to a high number in calls to the RSPCA over the past month. The RSPCA have received 2,835 calls from concerned members of the public, the majority of which related to dogs left in cars.
Temperatures in cars can rise quickly. Even at a comfortable 22°C outside, a car can reach an intolerable 47°C in under an hour. A dog can die within minutes in a hot car, warning that owners should never risk leaving their dog in the car, even for short periods.
ŠKODA has created a series of pictures called ‘Cool Dogs in Cool Cars’ featuring RSPCA rescue dogs, to show pet owners that they should never leave a dog alone in a vehicle. When driving, the advice is to always keep windows open or use air conditioning to keep pooches in maximum comfort. It is also always handy to carry plenty of water with you for those hot journeys.
ŠKODA is well known for its pet practicalities and all cars feature large boot and cabin space for a comfortable journey. Dog accessories such as the dog seatbelt and hammock are part of the ŠKODA accessories range and are easily fitted to the seatbelts and head rests so that pets can ride safely.
Unfortunately, in 2017, the RSPCA received 7,876 calls about animals left in hot environments.