11.15 AM Car in sun front two windows open
11.15 AM Outside temperature: 29° Celsius
11.20 AM [in car] 31° Celsius (2 front windows open)
11.30 AM [in car] 40° Celsius (2 front windows open)
11.30 AM Now opened 4 windows to typical height
11.40 AM [in car] 45° Celsius (4 windows open)
On back shelf of car in direct sun, all 4 windows open.
It only took a few minutes to reach over 50° Celcius
The RSPCA advice is: if you see a dog in a car on a warm day, please call the police.
Under the Animal Welfare Act everyone have a legal duty to care for their animals and if someone puts their animal at risk, they should face prosecution. Obviously they also have to live with the fact that their action resulted in terrible, unimaginable suffering.
If the car is in a supermarket car park or at a public event, ask for a message to be broadcast, asking the owner to return to their car immediately.
There has been much debate online as to what to do if no one comes in time and the clock is ticking. Consensus is to try to take photos/video of the scene, using your phone. If you decide things are serious and you need to break in to release the dog try to make sure you record what you are doing and to protect yourself from accusations of criminal damage. Certainly advise the police of your intention to do this, so they are aware.
Heatstroke early warning signs
- Heavy panting
- Profuse salivation
- A rapid pulse
- Very red gums/tongue
- Lack of coordination
- Reluctance or inability to rise after collapsing
- Loss of consciousness
- Heatstroke first aid
If a dog shows any symptoms of heatstroke, move him/her to a shaded, cool area and ring a vet for advice immediately. Heatstroke should always be treated as an emergency.
Dogs suffering from heatstroke urgently need to have their body temperature gradually lowered:
- Immediately douse the dog with cool (not cold) water if possible
- Let the dog drink small amountsof cool water.
- Never cool the dog so much that he/she begins to shiver.
- Then go straight to the veterinary surgery.
Source of information DOGS TODAY Magazine.