Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board have made an appeal to dog owners not to leave their pets inside vehicles when visiting friends or relatives in hospital during the warm weather. A number of incidents have been reported recently where dogs have been left inside vehicles in hospital car parks.

The statement on Twitter read: “We are urging dog-owners to leave their pets at home if they are visiting our hospital sites. On a number of occasions it has been reported to us that dogs have been spotted inside vehicles on our car parks during this spell of hot weather.”

Dogs die in hot cars – RSPCA Advice

The RSPCA advise that dogs should never be left in a car on a warm day. If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, dial 999.

Many people still believe that it’s ok to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they’re parked in the shade, but the truth is, it’s still a very dangerous situation for the dog.

A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When it’s 22 degrees, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.

What to do if you see a dog in a car on a warm day

In an emergency, we may not be able to attend quickly enough, and with no powers of entry, we’d need police assistance at such an incident.

Don’t be afraid to dial 999, the police will inform us if animal welfare assistance is required.

Helping a dog in a hot car

  • Establish the animal’s health and condition. If they’re displaying any signs of heatstroke dial 999 immediately.
  • If the situation becomes critical for the dog and the police are too far away or unable to attend, many people’s instinct will be to break into the car to free the dog. If you decide to do this, please be aware that without proper justification, this could be classed as criminal damage and, potentially, you may need to defend your actions in court.
  • Make sure you tell the police what you intend to do and why. Take pictures or videos of the dog and the names and numbers of witnesses to the incident. The law states that you have a lawful excuse to commit damage if you believe that the owner of the property that you damage would consent to the damage if they knew the circumstances (section 5(2)(a) Criminal Damage Act 1971).