– Rob Melloy, RSPCA chief inspector for the Cumbria
"Pulling a dying dog out of a car is one of the most distressing things we have to do.
"Once the dog's body temperature has reached 43 degrees the damage is irreparable, this can take just minutes in temperatures like we've had recently.
"We're working alongside Cumbria Constabulary on this issue. Never leave your dog in a car."
"Dogs can die in hot cars and should not be left for even a short time. Leaving a window open won't keep the car cool enough.
"We are asking people not to let any animal suffer. If you plan on taking your dog with you, make sure that it will be with you all day and not left in the car.
"If there is any doubt about dogs being allowed, don’t bring it. Leave it at home in comfort.
– Alan Taylor, Problem Solving Officer
"Under the Animal Welfare Act you have a legal duty to care for your animals and if you put them at risk you could face prosecution.
"You would also have to live with the fact that your thoughtless action resulted in terrible suffering for your pet.
“Do not take the risk, leave your pet at home.”
Cumbria Police says it has received numerous reports of dogs being left in cars in sweltering temperatures.
The police and Fire and Rescue Service are warning that it may force entry into vehicles where a dog has been left in hot temperatures.
Dog owners could be prosecuted if they leave their pets in hot vehicles - that is the warning from Allerdale Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team.
The team are reminding owners that they have a legal duty of care for their animals and are urging them to think twice before leaving pets in vehicles during the warm weather.
The team are also reminding owners of the dangers and say it could make pets seriously ill or even die as a result of the intense heat in vehicles.