Borough Council of Wellingborough

Animal Health and Welfare

Dogs Die In Hot Cars

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It can get unbearably hot in a car on a sunny day, even when it's not that warm. In fact when it's just 22 °c / 72° F outside the temperature inside a car can soar to 47°c / 117 °F within 60 minutes

Unlike humans, dogs pant to help keep themselves cool. In a hot stuffy car, dogs can't cool down. Leaving a window open or a sunshield on your windscreen won't keep your car cool enough. Dogs die in hot cars.

Under the Animal Welfare Act you now 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 thoughtless action 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. 

Last updated 17/07/2012

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