I’ve heard about the recent deaths of two police dogs, under the care of their handler, who had previously “forgotten” about a dog in his care which he had also left in his car. There are many stories on the internet, here is just one of them. They all seem to concur that it was an adult dog and a puppy that have died, though some stories say they were found dead at the scene, and others say they both died after being taken to a veterinary hospital.
Beverly Cuddy, editor of Dogs Today magazine, has written a blog post, and I for one will certainly be keeping my eye out for an advert, leaflet, website, window sticker, or anything else that can be used to educate fellow dog lovers.
Dogs die in hot cars, but it doesn’t even have to be a particularly hot day, and it doesn’t matter if you leave the windows open and/or a bowl of water – these will not make a difference.
In the UK: if you see a dog locked in a car, you can call the local police, who I believe are able to use force to free the dog from the car; or you can call the RSPCA (0870 55 55 999).