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We've teamed up with Dogs Trust UK to help prevent dogs dying in hot cars this summer

Dogs Trust, the UK's largest dog welfare charity, has joined forces with New Forest District Council (NFDC) in a bid to prevent dogs dying in hot cars this summer.

Just a few minutes in a hot car can prove fatal for dogs and yet every year animal welfare charities and the police receive thousands of reports of animals being left alone in cars on warm days.

The New Forest area, as well as being home to many dog owners, welcomes thousands of visitors each summer who bring along their dogs.  That's why this year our car parking staff will be taking action in the our 51 car parks, and if they spot a dog in distress in a hot car, will call the police.

Lee Paris, Senior Campaigns Officer at Dogs Trust, says: "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 not.

"A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn't feel that warm and a dog can die in a hot car in twenty minutes. When it's 22 degrees outside, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.

"We are delighted to be working with NFDC to raise awareness of the dangers and to try and prevent the heartbreak and distress caused when a much loved family pet suffers, or dies, because they have been left in a car on a summer's day."

There will also be 'Dogs Die in Hot Cars' signs and stickers in car parks and on ticket machines, reminding people to never leave their dog in a car on a warm day.

Cllr Alison Hoare, our Portfolio Holder for the Environment says, "We want people to enjoy the summer months with their dogs, safely. Nobody ever thinks it's going to happen to them or their much loved family pet yet every year many people still gamble with their dog's life by leaving them alone in a car on a warm day.

"Working with Dogs Trust we are determined to make people aware of the dangers, and if a member of our car parking teams spots a dog in distress, they will call 999 immediately. This will help ensure the dogs can be removed from the car as quickly as possible, in a safe and legal manner."

Dogs Trust advise that if you see a dog in distress in a hot car, call 999 immediately. Signs of heat stroke in dogs include heavy panting, excessive drooling, vomiting, being drowsy and uncoordinated, and collapsing. To help a dog in this condition, place them in the shade, pour small amounts of tepid, not cold, water onto their body, help them to drink small amounts of tepid water and, once their breathing has settled, call the nearest vet.

You can find out more about caring for dogs in the hot weather on the Dogs Trust website at https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/news-events/issues-campaigns/hot-dogs/

 

Published: 31 May 2019
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