New figures have revealed Surrey has had the seventh highest number of reports in the country of dogs being left in hot cars.
The RSPCA is now leading a campaign to warn dog owners that they are putting their pets at risk of heat exposure, and even death.
The charity received 289 reports of related incidents in Surrey alone.
A lurcher-cross left to die at a lorry depot is making a good recovery and has even remembered how to wag her tail.
The RSPCA and Catley Cross vets, who are caring for her, have been overwhelmed by messages of support for Peanut, found with broken bones and in an extremely emaciated state under some bushes near Station Road, East Tilbury.
It is thought unlikely that the dog would have survived another 24 hours had she not been found by a passing lorry driver who rang the RSPCA. He tried to coax her to him by rustling a peanut packet, which gave her name, but she was so weak that she could not even stand to drink a bowl of water.
Eighteen month-old Peanut was emaciated when she was found - and at 6.8 kgs she was less than half the weight she should have been (15-17 kilos) and the same as an adult cat. She was also covered in wounds and had untreated injuries including a fractured femur, broken pelvis and dislocated hip which the vet says she is likely to have suffered with for many months.
The RSPCA is also raising funds to pay for her treatment and ensure she gets TLC.
Peanut is a completely different dog to the one we found. She clearly feels a lot better and has perked up.
She jumps up and is really happy to see you now. When we first found her we couldn’t even get her to wag her tail - but now it is constantly thumping away as soon as she sees you.
We urge anyone who knows anything about how she came to be left like this in this callous way to call us on 0300 123 8018.
A member of the public called the animal welfare charity after spotting the tabby and white cat, trapped in a tree - with a crisp packet stuck on his head.
RSPCA animal welfare officer (AWO) Marie Stevens attended Thicket Lane, in Halnaker, near Chichester and, with the help of two colleagues, managed to climb around 12ft up the tree to the cat.
The member of the public was concerned that the cat would not be able to get down from the tree as he couldn’t see.
“I reached out to the cat and just managed to quickly whip the crisp packet off of his head before he panicked and disappeared further up the tree,” AWO Stevens said. “As soon as I pulled the packet off, the cat jumped from the branch to freedom and ran off."
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Her name is Mavis - and she's a big softie! But she wasn't always like that.
The RSPCA handled one of their worst ever cases of animal cruelty - nine dogs dumped in Winchester, in Hampshire, just over a year ago. They were left in a filthy, unloved state.
For the last 12 months the brothers and sisters - and their mother - have been recovering under the care of the charity. And, you'll be pleased to know, they've been re-homed.
Mavis was one of the nine left abandoned - but she now has a new home in Odiham. Divya Kohli reports.
A family from Sussex say they've had nothing but joy since giving a new home to a dog that was rescued by the RSPCA. It took many weeks for Lucy to recover from a severe skin condition which hadn't been treated properly. Lucy was one of more than 18,000 cruelty cases investigated here in the South last year. Emma Wilkinson's report contains upsetting images.