DOG owners are being reminded not to leave their pets in their vehicle during hot weather.

"It can have devastating consequences for dogs," said an RSPCA Cymru spokesman.
“Temperatures can soar inside a car very quickly, even when it doesn't feel that warm.

"At 22 degrees celsius, a car can reach unbearable temperatures of 47 degrees within one hour."

But tempting as it may be to break a window if you see a dog that appears to be in distress, both the RSPCA and police urge caution.

Without proper justification, this could be classed as criminal damage.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesman said: “If you do see a dog trapped in a car, we would always advise you to call the police on 101, or call 999 if it is an emergency and the animal is suffering.

“If necessary, officers will take action to release any animals suffering in a hot car."

Added the RSPCA: “RSPCA Cymru does not have powers of entry and, therefore, would need police assistance to deal with such an incident, so a call to 999 is the course of action people should take.

“The RSPCA publishes much additional advice online as to the steps owners should take if a dog is spotted inside a hot vehicle."

If you see a dog in a hot car displaying any signs of heatstroke, dial 999 immediately as the dog could soon lose consciousness and experience internal organ failure.

Warning signs of heatstroke:

  • Is the dog panting heavily?  
  • Is the dog drooling excessively?  
  • Does the dog appear lethargic, drowsy or uncoordinated?  
  • Is the dog collapsed or vomiting?