An animal rescue charity is urging the public to be aware of the dangers of leaving dogs in a car in warm weather.
The Scottish SPCA receives over 1000 reports of dogs in hot cars in a typical year.
The guidelines around lockdown have meant there have been very few concerns raised regarding dogs in cars so far this year but when restrictions are lifted, the charity expects to see a rise in calls.
The SSPCA has teamed up with the RSPCA, who operate in England and Wales only, and other animal welfare organisations to issue a UK-wide plea to the public to avoid leaving dogs in vehicles on hot days.
SSPCA chief superintendent Mike Flynn said: “If you imagine being trapped in an oven with a fur coat, it will give you some sense of how a dog can feel inside a hot car. It only takes a few minutes for a dog to overheat in a hot vehicle and leaving a window open or a bowl of water simply is not good enough. Our message is simple – don’t risk it. 22 degrees outside can mean 44 degrees inside the car.
“If there is a possibility you might be leaving the dog in the car, even on a warm, cloudy day, just leave your pet at home with plenty of water and adequate ventilation. If your pet is outdoors, make sure there is an adequate space with shelter where they can get out of the sun.
“Over the years, we have prosecuted people who have allowed dogs to die in hot cars.”