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Warning not to leave pets in cars as temperature rises across Surrey and Hampshire

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Warning not to leave pets in cars as temperature rises across Surrey and Hampshire

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 1:33pm 20th May 2020.

With the mercury set to climb today to possible highs of 28 °C, we are being reminded not to leave our pets in cars.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has tweeted a warning about the dangers - which could see dogs dying in hot vehicles.

The RSPCA says that temperatures inside vehicles can soar well beyond the outside temperature - and could be fatal for animals left inside.

According to the RSPCA, if it is 22 °C outside then in the space of an hour it can rise to 47 °C inside a car.

It warns even with open windows and with a car parked in the shade, dogs cannot cool themselves down and can suffer heatstroke, or even organ failure and death.

So what do we do if we notice an animal looking overheated and in distress in a car?

The RSPCA says we should call 999. It has more information on its website, including emergency first aid advice.

Runnymede Police has issued the following advice on their Facebook page about when to contact the police. 

"It depends on the level of distress. It is not generally advisable to force entry to the vehicle yourself.

"Try to locate the owner to make them aware - if you are in a car park that may have a public address system, ask for an announcement to be put out.

"In the meantime, please contact the police on 999, giving as much information as you can about the vehicle, registration number and location as officers can arrange to attend and try to make contact with the registered keeper of the vehicle.

"Please wait and make yourself known to the attending officer."