Cars heat up faster than you think

Cars heat up faster than you think

I am often asked if it is OK to leave a dog in the car while your pop into a shop for 5 minutes.  My answer is always ‘no’. 

·        Your car interior heats up quickly, so will your dog.

·        Your 5 minutes in the shop is never just 5 minutes: You can’t find what you want; there is a queue to pay; the assistant has a customer who needs help; you bump into a pal and have a chat; your 5 minutes soon becomes 10, 15 or even 20 minutes.

·        While it is not illegal to leave your dog in a car, if they become ill or die because of the heat you can be charged with an offence of animal cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 which may result in a fine or imprisonment.

·        A dog unattended in a car is a magnet for opportunistic dog thieves.


Please, please, please, take your dog home, give them a safe, cool space, fresh water and then go back to the shop.  Isn’t your dog’s life worth the extra few minutes this will take?