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'Huge soar' in calls about animals in hot environments

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RSPCA Cymru says it received 133 calls in June about animals in hot environments in Wales, and is bracing itself for a busy July as temperatures continue to soar across the country.

The new figures suggest that, in Wales, the RSPCA receives more than one call on the issue every five and a half hours.

Across England and Wales, 2,065 calls were received on the issue by the charity over the month – with a majority relating to dogs, often left in cars, caravans or vans on warm days.

Over 2017, to the end of June, 290 calls have been received by the charity on the issue in Wales - meaning 46% of calls came in the month of June alone. Now, RSPCA predict a peak in reports of animals struggling in the heat during the month of July.

Members of the public are urged to call 999 - rather than the RSPCA - if they see a dog in distress in a hot car. The Police will then inform the RSPCA if assistance is required.

Put simply, there are fatal dangers of leaving animals in unsuitable environments, like dogs in warm cars.

Temperatures can soar quickly in a car, caravan, conservatory or outbuilding. If it’s 22 outside, within an hour the temperature can reach 47C inside, which can have disastrous consequences for animals.

– Martyn Hubbard, RSPCA superintendent