A reminder not to leave dogs in hot cars

Dogs NSW is reminding owners not to leave dogs in hot cars, as the Bureau of Meteorology forecasts record high temperatures in the coming months.

It takes only 10 minutes for the temperature inside of a car to skyrocket by 20 degrees so it’s not hard to imagine the deadly heat inside a car when the temperature hits 40-plus degrees outside, like it does in many parts of NSW during summer.

“Dogs can’t sweat to cool themselves so they can develop heat stroke and die very quickly in hot conditions,” Dogs NSW president Lyn Brown said.

In fact, it only takes six minutes for a dog to die in such conditions.

Anyone who sees a dog suffering in a hot car should phone their local RSPCA immediately on 1300 278 3589. In the meantime, the RSPCA has made this dog safety video.

Causing animals to suffer in any way is a criminal offence. An owner whose dog suffers as a result of being left in a car can be fined $5,500 and can spend six months in jail. If a dog dies as a result of being left in a car, penalties include $22,500 in fines and two years in jail.

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