Dogs Trust survey reveals that more than 66% of people have seen a dog locked in a car on a sunny day, yet over a third of them did nothing about it.
Despite the UK’s reputation as a nation of dog lovers, it seems that some people are still willing to put man’s best friend at risk.
A new survey released today by Dogs Trust has revealed that more than 66% of people have seen a dog locked in a car on a sunny day, yet more than a third of them did nothing about it.
With temperatures easily reaching over 40 degrees in some parked vehicles, dogs could die within minutes so Dogs Trust has joined forces with the AA and National Trust to target motorists and visitors with their “Hot Cars Can Kill Dogs” campaign.
The survey also reveals that:
- 15% of those questioned called the police when they saw a dog locked in the car,
- 49% tried to alert the driver, and
- 4% actually broke into the car to rescue the dog.
Over the last year AA patrols have rescued 832 pets locked in cars and, in recent years, there have been several high profile cases of canine fatalities.
The “Hot Cars Can Kill Dogs” campaign begins this month with thousands of joint posters being displayed across National Trust properties and handed out by the AA at summer events and service areas across the UK.
All three organisations have also contacted their members via social networking sites and supporter magazines, totalling 21 million people.
Dogs Trust veterinary director Paula Boyden said: “We are delighted to be working with the AA and the National Trust to use the combined force of our members to spread the word and prevent any further dog deaths this Summer.
“35% of people who have seen a dog locked in a car have decided to do nothing, but our advice is, if you see it, report it!“
- For advice on travelling with their dog, visit www.dogstrust.org.uk or call 020 7837 0006.