A man has been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty after locking his dog inside a car on the hottest day of the year.
The German Shepherd died en route to an emergency animal hospital, after concerned members of the public called police and the RSPCA when they noticed the animal sitting in a baking hot car with no open windows.
The 27-year-old owner, from Hackney in east London, was eventually found and opened the car. Passers-by helped pour water on the dog, but by then it was too late and the dog died. It's not known how long the animal had been left in the car.
- On Saturday July 27 temperatures were recorded in London in excess of 30 degrees Celsius
- The owner has been bailed to an east London police station until September, pending the post mortem results from the RSPCA
Earlier in July - in a separate incident - Met Police smashed windows of a car in Finsbury Park to save the life of a dog found crouching on the foot pedals.