& # 39; Distressed & # 39; Dog is found panting in a parked car at 80F heat on the hottest day of the year after being left behind by its owner
- The residents of Leicestershire discovered the dog that was left behind in a Mini Cooper
- A window and the sunroof were slightly open to allow air to enter the car
- There was enough space for a bowl of water that could be lowered for the dog
The footage shows a desperate dog in Leicestershire being given water that was found panting in a parked car on the hottest day of the year.
The dog was spotted yesterday in a Mini Cooper in Oakham, Rutland, after its owner left it in the car to endure temperatures of 80 ° F with only one window and the sunroof slightly open.
Members of the public surrounded the car after the dog was discovered and lowered a bowl of water through the window to try to cool the dog down.
A volunteer with Leicestershire and Rutland 4×4 answer Nigel Pearson arrived at the car when a lot had already formed around it.
A dog was found panting in a Mini Cooper in Oakham, Rutland, Leicestershire after being left behind by its owner on the hottest day of the year
He said, "There were quite a few people around the car, so I went to see what was going on and we saw that there was a dog in the car.
"The sunroof was open and there was a small gap in the window, but the dog was clearly desperate."
“There were people with hammers ready to break the window, but I told them not to.
"I called an officer I knew and they immediately came down to deal with the situation."
Nigel said he was shocked that an owner could leave his dog alone in a car on such a hot day, and that the open sunroof and window could have invited a thief to steal the dog.
A window and the sunroof were partially open and offered enough space for an affected citizen to put his arm in the car
He said: “We have had so many problems with dog theft lately.
“It's like leaving a £ 1,000 phone on the dash. Thieves take the dog and trigger it for it.
"Just don't leave your dog in the car."
Nigel also thanked the people who had helped the dog and who had already contacted the police.
Police in Leicestershire said that officers received a call at around 4:30 p.m. yesterday to receive the report of a dog in need in a car.
A bowl of water is lowered into the car to cool the dog down while the police are contacted
It is not known what happened to the dog after it was found, but the police were asked for more information.
The Dogs Trust said it takes less than 20 minutes for a dog left alone in a hot car to possibly die.
This happens when the dog's body temperature rises above 30 ° C, which leads to a loss of muscle control and organ damage to the kidneys, brain and heart.
Significant signs of a dog in need are excessive wheezing, whimpering and barking.
Pet owners are advised to leave their cars in the shade and leave the windows open if they need to leave a pet in the car.