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Dog Left in Hot Car in Scarborough

Published by Jon Burke at 12:09pm 11th July 2019. (Updated at 12:10pm 11th July 2019)

There's a warning to pet owners, after a dog was found shut in a car in Scarborough, having problems with breathing on a hot day.

It happened yesterday at the Sea Life Centre, where the dog was left in a car park for three hours.

Police were called, but the owners arrived before they broke into the vehicle to rescue the animal.

This is a statement from Sea Life:

"We don’t let dogs in to SEA LIFE Scarborough, so please ensure you arrange suitable care for your dog if you intend to visit us.

Today, we discovered an old dog that had been left in a car for THREE hours. We monitored this car throughout alongside the dogs respiratory rates with the help of the Dog Warden and contacted North Yorkshire Police for permission to break in to the car to release the dog. We were told to wait for the Police and they would break in.

Our Curator managed to douse the dog in water through a slightly open back window and help cool down the dog. Our team put out 5 tannoy announcements, pleading for the owners to return if they were inside the Centre, but to no avail.

We recorded temperatures of 30 degrees inside the car which will seem much hotter to a dog. The owners attempts at blocking the sun did not work.

Luckily for them, the owners arrived just before the police arrived to break in to the car. They tried their very best to justify the situation.

But to clarify, there is absolutely NO excuse and NO justification. You should NEVER leave your dog, or any other creature, in a hot car.

Thankfully, the dogs breathing rapidly decreased following being doused in water and being released from the car. The police will be in contact with the owners.

We will regularly be monitoring our car park throughout summer and we will not hesitate to call the police on any cars with creatures inside.

Having a dog means you have a duty to be responsible."

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