The Scottish SPCA has issued a fresh warning urging people not to leave their dogs in hot cars as temperatures in Scotland continue to soar.
Scotland’s animal welfare charity has so far received 220 reports of dogs being left inside warm vehicles this summer.
Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said, “We are very concerned about the number of calls coming in about dogs being left inside hot cars.
“Thankfully, in most cases we deal with, the owners return before their pets have come to harm.
“However, in this kind of heat there can be devastating consequences in a matter of minutes.
“Every summer we run our campaign warning of the dangers but clearly some people aren’t getting the message.
“Owners need to understand that it’s completely unacceptable to leave a dog inside a vehicle in these searing temperatures, even for a short period of time with the windows down.
“Our advice is that dogs should be left with adequate provisions at home instead.
“This is far kinder than subjecting them to an extremely uncomfortable and potentially dangerous situation.
“Causing an animal suffering is an offence and anyone found guilty of doing so can be banned from owning pets.
“However, there would be no greater punishment than an owner returning to find their dog has died a horrible death due to their own ignorance.
“Anyone who comes across a distressed dog left in a vehicle should contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999 or Police Scotland.”
Scottish SPCA posters highlighting the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars are available to be displayed in local communities.
To request copies e-mail SSPCA or call 03000 999 999.