Dogs die in hot cars

Last year our animal helpline recieved over 1,000 calls regarding animals being left in hot cars.

It only takes a few minutes for a dog to overheat in a hot vehicle and leaving a window open or a bowl of fresh water simply is not enough. 

Our message is clear: Don’t risk it.

Even on an overcast, warm day the tempratures inside a car can rise and cause heatstroke and even death to your dog. 

Where possible, we urge you to leave your dog at home. 

If you see a dog in distress please call our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

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Dog rescued by the Scottish SPCA with new family

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