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Milton Keynes, 13 July 2018: The current heatwave has led to a surge in calls to the RSPCA. The animal charity has received 2,835 calls over the past month from concerned members of the public, the majority of which related to dogs left in cars.
Temperatures in cars can rise very quickly. Even at a comfortable 22 degrees Celsius outside, a car can reach an unbearable 47 degrees Celsius in under an hour. A dog can die within minutes in a hot car, warning that owners should never risk leaving their dog in the car, even for short periods.
To help raise awareness, ŠKODA has created a series of pictures called ‘Cool Dogs in Cool Cars’ featuring RSPCA rescue dogs, to show pet owners that they should never leave a dog alone in a vehicle. When driving the advice is to always keep windows open or use air conditioning to keep pooches in maximum comfort.
“Our pet dogs are part of the family so it’s great that so many families choose to take their canine companion with them on holiday and for days out,” RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Richards said.
“If you face a long journey with your four-legged friend it’s really important to make sure everyone is safe, secure and comfortable for the duration of the drive.”
ŠKODA is known for its pet practicalities and all cars feature ample boot and cabin space for a comfortable journey. Dog accessories such as the dog seatbelt and hammock are part of the ŠKODA accessories range and are easily fitted to the seatbelts and head rests so that pets can ride safely.
In 2017, the RSPCA received 7,876 calls about animals left in hot environments.
There are things that drivers can do this summer to ensure their pets are safe while travelling, no matter what the distance:
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