DOG owners in Wrexham have been urged to keep their pets cool this summer to avoid the heartbreak of losing a much-loved companion.
Last year the RSPCA received more than 3,000 calls from members of the public relating to 4,589 dogs locked in hot cars at supermarkets, outdoor events and on the streets.
During one recent hot weekend the RSPCA received 175 calls involving 237 dogs.
The Society is hoping there is no repeat of tragedies such as at last year’s Appleby Horse Fair, where two dogs were literally cooked alive inside a car. The dogs’ body temperatures were so high they exceeded the maximum thermometer reading of 42°C.
With the outdoor events season about to get into full swing, the RSPCA has issued its regular appeal to owners to keep their dogs safe in the sun. People are being reminded it isn’t just cars that pose a risk to dogs, but also conservatories and caravans.
RSPCA chief veterinary adviser Mark Evans said: “A hot car can be a death trap for dogs.
“Leaving your dog in a car, even on an average warm, even cloudy, summer day, can put your pet at huge risk of suffering and even death.”