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‘Dogs die in hot cars’ – police attend call in Portrush

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Dogs die in hot cars every spring/summer and the advice is that leaving a window open is not enough to guarantee their safety.

The RSPCA is bracing itself for a surge in emergency calls about dogs shut inside hot cars.

In a social media post this afternoon a spokesperson for the PSNI said ‘Unfortunately already today we have attended a report of a dog in a car in Portrush.

Whilst the temperature outside is warm, when you factor in temperature the interior of the car can reach up to 47 degrees Celsius in 60 minutes.’

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said ‘If dogs are too hot and are unable to reduce their body temperature by panting, they will develop heatstroke which can kill.

Some types of dog are even more prone to heatstroke, like very old or young dogs, dogs with thick, heavy coats or dogs with very short, flat faces – like pugs and bulldog types. Dogs with certain diseases or on some types of medication are also more prone to heatstroke.

The truth is it’s still very dangerous and while not every dog left in this situation will die, at the very least, they are likely to experience distress, discomfort and anxiety.”

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