A plea to think of hot dogs this summer

Pet owners are being asked to make sure their animals are kept cool this summer. File photo/SunLive.

The SPCA is pleading with pet owners not to leave their dogs unattended in their vehicles even for a few minutes, after a puppy was recently left in a car that reached 50°C.

“As the weather warms, we have already received a surge of calls this month about dogs being left unattended inside vehicles in heat,” reads a post on the SPCA BOP Facebook page.

“This includes a five-month-old puppy SPCA Inspectors rescued in Wellington from a car with windows up, and the puppy showing signs of heat distress.

“This is one of the biggest preventable welfare issues animals face during summer months, and it’s frustrating to see how many pet owners still routinely leave their dogs in hot cars.

“It can take just a few minutes for the inside of a car to reach a temperature that's unsafe for your pet, so if you're leaving your vehicle, please take your dog with you.

“If you’re going places where this will not be possible, it’s important to leave them at home.”

Read more at www.spca.nz/dogsinhotcars

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