Police smash car windows to save two dogs left locked up inside for over two hours as temperatures soared at Cornwall seaside town
- Devon and Cornwall Police were called to a locked vehicle near Looe beach
- Two dogs were reportedly left inside the car for as much as two hours on Sunday
- It is thought that police smashed the windows of the car to rescue the animals
Two dogs were reportedly left in a car for more than two hours as temperatures soared at a Cornwall beach town today.
Devon and Cornwall Police officers were called and smashed the windows to rescue the animals, which had been left in the locked vehicle near Looe beach, despite the heatwave.
One local man, who posted about the incident on social media, said the dogs had been left in the car ‘for over two hours’ and no-one had returned to the car to check on them.
Devon and Cornwall Police were called to Looe beach after reports of two dogs locked in a car
Kieran Mccrash Mclelland said the police were already at the scene when he noticed the dogs in the car.
By Sunday afternoon, his social media post had received more than 460 shares.
Temperatures at Looe reached 23°C (73.4°F) on Sunday afternoon.
The incident happened as animal welfare groups urged pet owners to take greater care during Britain’s heatwave.
According to the RSPCA, owners should ‘never leave animals in hot cars, conservatories, outbuildings or caravans, even if it’s just for a short while.’
The organisation added: ‘Temperatures can quickly rise to 47°C (117°F) in these environments, which can be deadly.
‘You can also keep your pets safe by using a pet-safe sun cream on exposed parts of your pets’ skin, and of course, by providing plenty of access to shade and fresh water.
‘It’s also worth checking pets regularly for flystrike. You can also help your pets cool down by putting ice cubes in their water bowl or by providing damp towels for them to lie on.’
The beach at St Ives in Cornwall attracted heavy crowds of sunseekers as temperatures soared across the UK on Sunday