Police were forced to smash two car windows to save dogs trapped inside vehicles on the hottest day of the year so far.
In one incident West Yorkshire Police said they shattered the front window of a car after the owner of a dog went shopping inside a Sainsbury’s in Leeds on Wednesday.
They had left the dog inside the vehicle with the window only slightly ajar - despite temperatures of 33C.
In a separate incident in Plymouth, police smashed the window of a car to rescue a pug after the public called for them to help save it from the searing heat.
Another dog left in the sun, another window smashed! This little guy was alone for over 3 hours. If you love your furry friends, please THINK. He was very happy to be set free! #DogsDieInHotCars pic.twitter.com/fsg5kWp55R— Charles Cross Police Team (@CharlesCrossLPP) July 24, 2019
Officers said it had been abandoned by its owners for two hours after they found a parking ticket with a timestamp on the car’s windscreen.
After eventually setting it free one policeman took a picture of the dog clinging to his colleague’s leg.
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A police spokesman tweeted: ‘He was very happy to be set free!’
The dog’s owners, however, ‘weren’t happy with us because their window was put in’.
Police have now warned dog owners not to leave pets in hot vehicles during this week's record-breaking heatwave.
Sgt Ian Micklethwaite, from West Yorkshire Police, said: ‘In the space of less than 10 minutes the dog was starting to pant/overheat.
‘Just don’t do it,’ he added.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman also told The Sun: ‘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.’