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Dogs in Hot Cars

Is it safe to leave my dog in the car?

Our advice is to leave your dog at home when going out even for a short time on a hot day.

They will be far more comfortable in a cool room with plenty of clean water, than travelling in a vehicle in hot weather.

I’ve found a dog in a hot car, what should I do?

Our advice to anyone who sees a dog in a car on a hot day, that they believe may be suffering or in danger of suffering, is to contact us immediately.

You can do this by using our Live Chat facility, which can be accessed by clicking the button on the right of the screen. You can see our chat opening hours here. If Live Chat is unavailable call us on 101.

Should I break a window?

Only in the most extreme circumstances should you try to help the dog by breaking into the vehicle. Although your actions may eventually be deemed reasonable, you could still be investigated for criminal damage.

Useful Links
  • The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals looks to rescue animals who are in danger. For more information on the work they do, please visit their website.