As a nation of dog lovers, many people take their dog with them everywhere, writes Sophie Marriott of canine behaviour consultancy Endless Pawsibilities.

This includes travelling in the car. With increased reports of incidents where dogs are dying in hot cars, we ask would you ever leave your pet in the car unattended?

Earlier this month, a dog was found alone in a locked car at Bluewater. It was believed to have been there for around two hours before help arrived.

The police were called and owners located and fortunately the dog was fine.

It can only take 15 minutes for a dog to die in a hot car, regardless.

The RSPCA says that when it is 22 degrees outside, inside a car can reach 47 within an hour.

Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, it is an offence to cause pain and suffering to an animal.


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