PUBLISHED: 15:46 28 July 2013
A dog was rescued from a car parked on Exmouth Seafront as temperatures soared to over 30C.
Onlookers said the dog was barking in distress and even set off the car alarm in its attempts to escape the vehicle, where it had been for about an hour.
A police officer smashed the back window, and the dog was calmed with wet towels before it was taken out through the window.
East DevonDistrict council’s dog warden was also informed.
An eyewitness said: “The dog was clearly distressed and hard to handle.
“It was clearly traumatised and went out of control. It was shocking.”
A crowd of around 30 people applauded and cheered when the dog was freed safely.
After the rescue, the dog later relaxed and appeared to have no lasting damage. A police spokesman said the RSPCA had been informed about the incident.
An RSPCA spokesman said: “This is an ongoing investigation and as such is would be inappropriate to comment any further at this time.”
In regards to leaving dogs in cars RSPCA advice is: “Don’t leave your dog alone in a car.
“If you’re going out in the car, think very carefully about what you are going to do with your dog.
“It can get unbearably hot in a car on a sunny day, even when it’s not that warm.”
They added that when it’s 22°C/72°F outside, the temperature inside a car can soar to 47°C/117°F within 60 minutes.
“Under the Animal Welfare Act you have a legal duty to care for your animal and if you put your animal at risk, you could face prosecution. You would also have to live with the fact that your actions resulted in terrible suffering for your pet.”
If you see a dog in a car on a warm day please call the Police on 999.