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Bodycam footage captures police saving dying dog from boiling car

Lucy Devine

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Bodycam footage captures police saving dying dog from boiling car

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Warning: Some readers may find the content of this article distressing.

This is the moment police saved a dying dog from a boiling hot car.

You can watch the bodycam footage below:

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In the upsetting clip, police officers in Nottingham can be seen approaching a car where a distressed Shih Tzu can be seen trapped inside.

The dog had been left in the vehicle at the Wilkinson Street park and ride where temperatures reached 33C.

In the footage, police approach the car before smashing the window and carrying the pup into the shade, where he was given water before being rushed to the animal hospital.

His temperature was recorded at 39.1C.

Police rescued the Shih Tzu from the boiling hot car. Credit: SWNS
Police rescued the Shih Tzu from the boiling hot car. Credit: SWNS

Thankfully, the pooch is making a good recovery and his owner is set to be questioned by the police, with the case also referred to the RSPCA.

PC Jamie Martin, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Firstly, I would like to thank staff at NET Nottingham Tram for alerting us to this incident. Had they not done so, it is unlikely the dog would have survived.

"Many people think it's OK to leave their dog in the car on a warm day providing the windows are open.

“But this incident shows that just simply isn’t the case. Put simply, you should never leave your dog alone in a car on a warm day.

“Whilst it is not illegal to leave a dog in a hot car, owners are legally responsible for their pet’s health and welfare.

“If a dog became ill or sadly died due to being left in a hot car, owners could be charged with the offence of animal cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

“This could lead to a prison sentence and/or a fine.”

The police immediately moved the dog into the shade and gave him some water. Credit: SWNS
The police immediately moved the dog into the shade and gave him some water. Credit: SWNS

The RSPCA explain that cars can become as hot as an oven, even in temperatures that don't feel that warm.

For example, when it's 22C outside, the car could reach 47C within an hour.

An RSPCA spokesperson said: "As sweltering temperatures continue, it's more important than ever to spread the message that dogs die in hot cars.

"Many people think it will be fine just to leave their pets for a short period of time, but not long is too long. Temperatures can soar to dangerous levels so quickly - and that can put dogs in serious danger.

"If someone sees a dog in distress in a hot car, we urge them to dial 999. It's really positive to see forces like Nottinghamshire Police, and others across England and Wales, taking action when dogs need their help in these potentially fatal situations."

Topics: Animals, News

Lucy Devine
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