Police smashed a car's window to save a dog in the heat....only to find it was a soft toy.
Owner Gordon Williams from Mansfield returned to find his car covered in glass and a note which read:"Smashed your window re concern for animal on rear seat".
Gordon said" They must have been barking mad !"
Nottinghamshire Police have agreed to pay the cost of £180.
A police spokesman said : "This is a perfect example of why drivers need to think about what they leave on view in their cars"