Amid hot weather
As the south west today (25.01.21) continues to experience a heatwave, locals are urged to keep their pets safe.
Each year, the RSPCA receives hundreds of distress calls about animals, usually dogs, left in cars during the hotter months. And last summer alone, they received 468 reports of pet abandonment in hot weather.
Senior Inspector Rebecca Mullinger says animals being left in cars should be taken very seriously, as they can die in minutes.
"Even in temperate weather cars heat up really quickly to a temperature that is far above what any living animal can withstand," she says.
"So, it's really important that when we have our animals with us in our cars, if we do need to stop somewhere we take them with us. Otherwise, we leave them behind in our nice comfortable homes."