RSPCA issues hot weather warning to pet owners
AS the temperatures continue to soar, the RSPCA is urging owners not to leave pets in cars, conservatories or caravans.
In the south-east, from May 21-25, the RSPCA received 36 reports of animals being left in hot places and inspectors have been run ragged responding to calls about dogs in hot cars.
RSPCA South East regional superintendent Paul Stilgoe said: “Most people seem to know the ‘don’t leave dogs in hot cars’ message, but I think they just don’t think anything bad will happen to their pets, particularly if they’re just leaving them for a few minutes.
“What people need to realise is that the next animal to die in a hot car, conservatory or outbuilding could be their pet - that’s how serious this is.”
Paul added: “All too often, owners make the mistake of thinking that it is sufficient to leave a bowl of water or a window open for their pet but this is not enough to protect your pet from heatstroke, which can have fatal consequences.
“Even a hot garden without shade can be disastrous for an animal.”
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Weather for Crawley
Thursday 20 June 2013
Temperature: 12 C to 21 C
Wind Speed: 10 mph
Wind direction: South east
Temperature: 11 C to 19 C
Wind Speed: 13 mph
Wind direction: South west