Video shows police smash their way into car to rescue distressed dog

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Owners have warned of the deadly danger of leaving pets unattended in cars during a heatwave

Bodycam video shows officers in Nottingham smashing the car’s window to free the Shih Tzu after he was left in the vehicle on Monday when outside temperatures soared to 33C.

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After being placed in a shaded area and given water, the animal was taken to a veterinary clinic under blue lights, where it is now recovering.

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The owner is now to be questioned by police and the case referred to the RSPCA.

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Officers smashed the car window to rescue the dog as temperatures hit 33C (Photo: Nottinghamshire Police / SWNS)

According to the RSPCA, the inside of a parked car can reach 47°C within an hour when the outside temperature is 22°C.

PC Jamie Martin, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “First of all I would like to thank the staff of NET Nottingham Tram for bringing this incident to our attention. If they hadn’t done that, the dog probably wouldn’t have survived.

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“A lot of people think it’s okay to leave their dog in the car on a warm day, provided the windows are open. But this incident shows that simply isn’t the case. Put simply, you should never leave your dog alone in the car.” a warm day.

“While it is not illegal to leave a dog in a hot car, owners are legally responsible for the health and welfare of their pet. If a dog becomes ill or sadly dies because it was left in a hot car, the Animal Welfare Act 2006 can charge owners with animal cruelty. This may result in imprisonment and/or a fine.”

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An RSPCA spokesman added: “As temperatures continue to be sweltering, it’s more important than ever to get the message out that dogs are dying in hot cars.

“A lot of people think it’s okay to only leave their pets for a short time, but long isn’t too long. Temperatures can rise to dangerous levels so quickly – and that can put dogs in serious danger.

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“If anyone sees a dog in distress in a hot car, we urge them to dial 999. It’s really positive to see forces like Nottinghamshire Police and others across England and Wales taking action when dogs need their help in these potentially deadly situations. “

The dog is recovering after being treated by vets (Photo: Nottinghamshire Police/SWNS)

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