RSPCA aware of dog left in 35°C car but unable to comment on owner punishment

August 9, 2018
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The RSPCA is aware of an owner who left his dog inside a car to suffer in 35C heat but is unable to discuss complaints about specific people and whether they will be punished.

The French Bulldog was found distressed and vomiting in Frensham Ponds car park and immediately attracted the attention of passers-by, Hollie Marie Evans, one of the group, told Surrey Live.

Concerned beach-goers waited as long as they could for the owner to return but were left with no option but to smash the car window with a hammer and free the dog themselves.

The thirsty little dog was then handed over to the park rangers’ office and it wasn’t until four hours after the dog had been discovered that the owner returned.

When he did he appeared threatening and very ungrateful for the help his pet received, expressing more concern for the damage his car had sustained than the welfare of his pet, Hollie said.

The dog was seen panting and vomiting in the car before it was rescued
(Image: Hollie Marie Evans)

All captured on video by Hollie, the incident has provoked a public outcry with many people calling for the owner to be banned from keeping animals.

One outraged reader wrote on Facebook: “Owners should have been locked in the hot car for 4 hours without water or aircon!! Can’t believe the poor dog was handed back without prosecution.”

Another said: “People this selfish and ignorant should not be allowed to own dogs, or indeed any type of animal. I find it heartbreaking that the dog was returned to them, ideally it should have been confiscated and re-homed.”

Surrey Live contacted the RSPCA who are responsible with bringing cases against owners accused of committing animal cruelty offences.

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: “We are aware of this situation. Unfortunately we are unable to discuss complaints about specific people. We are so grateful to people who report suspected animal suffering to us.”

The pup was fidgeting in the car and searching for shade in the footwell
(Image: Hollie Marie Evans)

During the incident Surrey Police were consulted but did not attend the scene.

Surrey Police said: “We received a call at 1.45pm on Sunday, 5 August, reporting that a dog had been removed from a vehicle at Frensham Ponds after concern for the animal’s welfare due to the temperature.

“A window was smashed and the dog was removed to a place of safety. Police did not attend the incident but provided advice to the caller. The case has been referred to partner agencies.”

At around 12.20pm rangers were alerted by a member of the public to a dog that was left in a hot car in the car park at Frensham Great Pond in Farnham.

The concerned group immediately began to pass water through the windows, which had been left ajar. A park ranger called the police and tried to find the owner of the dog but was unable to do so.

The condition of the dog began to worsen and around 40 minutes later he began to vomit in the car as thermometers in nearby vehicles showed the temperature to be above 35°C, Hollie said.

A video captured by Hollie shows the Frenchy panting and fidgeting in the car.

Hollie said: “The temperature was increasing and the dog was showing signs of distress, and he started being sick and his breathing became erratic.

“We needed to get the dog out for his welfare. The group decided for the dog’s safety to break the window and get him out.

“We broke the window, got the dog out and took him to shade. He was still being sick.”

(Image: Hollie Marie Evans)

Waverley Borough Council said: “With the help of concerned members of the public, the dog was retrieved, given water and kept in the shade of the rangers’ office.”

Hollie and the group remained in the car park until the dog owner returned, four hours later.

In the footage, the owner appears confused as to why Hollie and the other people were getting involved and even appears to dance and wave towards the camera during the confrontation.

RSPCA advice on what to do if you see dog in hot car

Hollie said: “We waited for just over four hours in total for the owners to return. They weren’t remotely interested in the dog’s welfare and were more concerned about the broken window of the car.

“No thanks was given, just abuse and threatening behaviour.”

The ranger, on the advice of the police, handed the dog back to the owner and explained the dangers of leaving dogs in cars on hot days.

Surrey Live will remain in contact with the RSPCA to see if any retrospective action will be taken against the owner.

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/rspca-aware-dog-left-35c-15009173


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