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Dog left in hot car ‘for THREE HOURS’ at Dagenham steam and cider festival

PUBLISHED: 13:29 14 August 2016 | UPDATED: 19:04 14 August 2016

An announcement was made during the second Paws For Thought dog show. Picture: Martyn Statter

An announcement was made during the second Paws For Thought dog show. Picture: Martyn Statter

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A dog was left in a car at the Dagenham steam and cider festival on Saturday, despite blazing sunshine at the dog-friendly fair.

Dogs die in hot cars Infographic - RSPCA

Dogs die in hot cars - An infographic created by the RSPCA

Stuart Brace, who organised the Paws For Thought dog agility show at the fair, said: “An organiser approached me whilst commentating on our dog display, informing me that a dog had been left in a car for three hours.”

He said he was given the car’s registration number and asked to “make an announcement calling on the driver to return to the car urgently.”

“This I did but I also added that after the display I would personally go to the car and smash a window and get the dog out.I also called for any police officer on the ground to forget about the law and just get the dog out of the car. I also added that the owner of the car needed my boot up his backside at the very least. At this the crowd broke out into a volley of applause and shouted their support.”

Stuart added; “At the end of the display one of the show staff informed me that the car.s window had been smashed and the dog, I think a Jack Russell, had been saved.”

The announcement was particularly shocking as the event was very dog-friendly, with many owners bringing their pets along to enjoy the day out.

Gillian Gertrude Faulkner, who took her cockapoo Elwood along to the family fun day, said the owner of the vehicle didn’t “deserve a stuffed toy never mind a real live dog,” and said: “There was no need to leave it in a car because the whole thing was very dog-friendly.”

The RSPCA’s advice on the situation is: “Many people still believe that it’s ok to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they’re parked in the shade, but the truth is, it’s still a very dangerous situation for the dog. A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When it’s 22 degrees, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.”

For advice on what to do if you see a dog trapped in a hot car, please see the RSPCA advice page,

Did you see the dog? Please email zoah.hedges-stocks@archant.co.uk

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