|Two calls an hour over dogs on hot cars
The RSPCA received more than 300 calls - two calls an hour - last week, during a mini heatwave which swept across England and Wales.
The animal welfare charity received 317 reports of animals in hot environments, the majority of which were dogs that had been left in hot cars, from Monday 28 May to Sunday 3 June - when temperatures hit the mid 20s. Advice is that people should contact the police on 999 if they see a dog in distress in a hot car but on average more than two calls an hour were still made to the charity.
Dogs Die in Hot Cars campaign manager Holly Barber, who works for the RSPCA, said: 'It's difficult to understand why we are still receiving so many calls when the weather improves and why owners are still dicing with their pet's lives.
'It's simple - never leave your pet alone in a hot environment. Whether you're popping into the shop for a newspaper or nipping into a pharmacy to pick up a prescription, please don't take the risk.
Unfortunately, despite the campaign's clear messaging, owners continue to put their pets at risk by leaving them unattended in stationary vehicles, believing they will be okay if they park in the shade or leave windows open.
In 2017, the charity received 7,199 calls about animals in hot environments.
"In an emergency, please dial 999 to report a dog in a hot car to police as they have the power to enter a vehicle to free the dog.