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Hot cars kill dogs - how you can help

  • Please share our video with the hashtag #hotcarskilldogs.
  • We have downloadable posters available for you to help us distribute and spread the word. See below for the 'Hot Dogs' poster and 'tips to keep you dog cool' poster.
  • We have created a ‘Hot Cars Kill Dogs’ window stickers for you to display. You can order up to 5 stickers by emailing your name and postal address to [email protected].

Hot Cars Poster PDF.PDF 1.09 MB
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Keep Your Dog Cool PDF 8.29 MB
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Follow these tips to keep your dog happy and healthy when on car journeys:

  • Think twice about any car trips with your dog - avoid congested roads or busy times of day when they could overheat in the car if you are caught up in traffic
  • If driving with your dog plan your journey considering cooler times of the day and places to take breaks
  • Keep windows open when driving with a dog in your car whilst ensuring they are safely restrained using a car harness, a travel crate or dog-guard.
  • Make sure you have a healthy supply of fresh water or know where you can stop off on route for water breaks.

 

 Who to contact/what to do if you see a dog locked in a car:

  • Try to find the owner of the car and the dog.
  • If the owners of the car cannot be contacted and you are worried about the welfare of the dog, contact the police on 999 to attend the vehicle.
  • You should not take any action to gain access to the car without first speaking to the police. Always take images/footage of the dog and the names and numbers of witnesses to the incident. The law states that you have a lawful excuse to commit damage if you believe that the owner of the property that you damage would consent to the damage if they knew the circumstances (section 5(2)(a) Criminal Damage Act 1971).
  • If a dog has been in a car for even a short time it may need its temperature brought down slowly by drinking and through cooling the body. We would recommend seeking veterinary advice on this, but include some tips below;

FIRST AID TIPS:

 Take out of the sun immediately

Cover with a cool wet towel

Get the dog to drink small amounts of cool water

Seek veterinary advice immediately

 

 The Law

If a dog suffers or dies as a result of being left in a hot car, their owner, or the person for the time being in charge of the dog, can be prosecuted for neglect or cruelty under animal welfare laws and could face jail time, fines and being banned from keeping animals in the future.

For advice on how to look after your dog in the warm weather and how you can support our campaign click here.