A “DISTRESSED” dog left in a hot car parked in direct sunlight in Barnstaple had to be rescued by police yesterday.
PC Anna Fielding was called to the Cattle Market Car Park yesterday afternoon and found the distressed black Labrador/lurcher cross inside the vehicle.
A container with water for the animal was sealed shut and the dog was clearly in distress.
PC Fielding said: “When I arrived there was a member of the public trying to feed the dog water through a slightly opened window with limited success.
“It was clear that the owner was not around and it wasn't clear when they would return.
“Because of the very small gap I considered using my baton to smash the window to release the dog from the car but I thought I’d try to reach in and open the door.”
Fortunately, the officer managed to reach in and open door without causing any damage and release the dog.
While PC Fielding waited for the owner to return, she gave the dog some water and walked him in a shaded area.
The officer said: “The owners returned around 25 minutes later and were clearly mortified about what had happened.
“I would appeal to any dog owners not to leave their pet in a vehicle in this warm weather and particularly not in direct sunlight.”