VOTE: Should it be illegal to ever leave a dog alone in a car?

News Shopper: Expert Sophie Marriott asks: Should leaving your dog in a car be illegal? Expert Sophie Marriott asks: Should leaving your dog in a car be illegal?

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.

 

We want to hear your dog-related questions or problems, e-mail jim.palmer@london.newsquest.co.uk and we’ll see if Sophie can help.

For puppy training classes or if you would like to enquire about booking a private consultation with Sophie go to endlesspawsibilities.co.uk

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12:00pm Wed 9 Jul 14

PaulErith says...

No, why would you want to take your dog to the shops anyway? Leave them at home where they belong.
No, why would you want to take your dog to the shops anyway? Leave them at home where they belong. PaulErith
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12:08pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Never ever leave ya dog in a car.

Not even sarflondonturd in an old white van.
Never ever leave ya dog in a car. Not even sarflondonturd in an old white van. Gypo.Joe
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12:56pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Voulvoir says...

Fine, if you can take your dog with you to the loo when you stop at the service station!
Fine, if you can take your dog with you to the loo when you stop at the service station! Voulvoir
  • Score: 8
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