A dog left in a car had to be rescued by police on Monday (July 18) on one of the hottest days of the year in the UK.
Six officers smashed in through the rear window of an Audi after the pooch had been spotted in the vehicle with its owner leaving no windows open despite the sweltering heat.
As the mercury reached the high 20s during late morning, the half-dozen Hertfordshire Police officers saw a crowd form at the town centre car park as they eventually broke in and freed the animal from the boiling car.
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Local resident David Stuckey told MailOnline: “I was just walking back to my car and could see a large crowd of people who were stood there in disbelief.
“Someone went shopping and left their dog inside the car in sweltering heat with no windows open. Everyone couldn’t believe it.
“It happened at about 11.30am and it was already very warm but I don’t know how long the dog had been in the car.”
He added that he was unsure what sort of breed the dog was or what condition it was in when the officers removed it from the car.
The RSPCA say that the temperature inside a car can increase to double that outside the vehicle in just an hour if there is no ventilation.
They also say that dogs should never be left alone in a car during hot weather, while they can also die from heatstroke if left.
“When it's 22C outside, the car could reach an unbearable 47C within an hour.
“It's very dangerous and will cause your dog suffering and harm," said the charity.
If you see a dog in a car on its own on a warm day, they add: “Don't be afraid to dial 999.
"If it's an emergency, we may not be able to get to you – and the dog – quickly enough. And as we have no powers of entry, we'd need to ask the police to help us rescue the dog.
"Don't worry – the police will soon let us know if the dog needs our help.”
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This incident comes as a COBRA meeting was held on Monday after a national emergency was declared over intense, record-breaking heat that will continue into Tuesday.
The Met Office has said a new UK record temperature of 41C could be set on Tuesday. They say there is a 50% chance of temperatures passing 40C on Tuesday.
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