Would you break the window? (Why/Why Not)You know when it’s 33C, and you want nothing more than to wear a fur coat and sit in the back of your car for an hour?
No? You’d hate that? Well then chances are your dog wouldn’t like it either.
So what do you do when you see a dog suffering in the back of someone’s vehicle?
Do: Call 999 first
You should call 999 and ask for the police, telling them that you’ve found a dog in a hot car.
Don’t: Call RSPCA first
The RSPCA says it may not be able to get there quickly enough – and even if they did, they don’t have powers of entry. So they would need police assistance to get into the car without the owner’s permission.
You can call the RSPCA for advice once you’ve contacted the police and they are on their way.
Should you break the window?
If the situation becomes critical and the police can’t get there fast enough, you may want to smash the window and rescue the dog yourself.
However, this could be classed as criminal damage and could leave you open to prosecution.