THE RSPCA has revealed it received two calls-an-hour about dogs being left in cars during last week’s mini heatwave.
The charity was contacted 317 times about the issue between Monday and Sunday.
Four of the calls were from Worcestershire and nine came across the wider West Midlands.
The charity advises people should call 999 if the dog is in distress.
The RSPCA is one of 14 organisations which run the Dogs Die in Hot Cars campaign each year, reminding pet owners never to leave their animals in hot environments such as vehicles, caravans, conservatories and outbuildings.
Dogs Die in Hot Cars campaign manager Holly Barber, who works for the RSPCA, said: “It’s difficult to understand why we are still receiving so many calls when the weather improves and why owners are still dicing with their pet’s lives.
“It’s simple – never leave your pet alone in a hot environment.
“Whether you’re popping into the shop for a newspaper or nipping into a pharmacy to pick up a prescription, please don’t take the risk.
“Last week, we had more than 300 calls about animals in hot environments and this figure should be zero.”
Unfortunately, despite the campaign’s clear messaging, owners continue to put their pets at risk by leaving them unattended in stationary vehicles, believing they will be okay if they park in the shade or leave windows open.”
Dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said dog owners should never leave their pets in a car, caravan, conservatory or outbuilding when it was warm outside as temperatures could quickly rise even when it did not feel hot.
“For example, when it’s 22C outside, within an hour the temperature can reach 47C inside a vehicle, which can result in death.”
The RSPCA’s 24-hour emergency line for advice is available by calling 0300 1234 999 for advice.
But if a dog needs immediate help the police should be called on 999.