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RSPCA warning after dog left in hot horsebox is put down

The dogs were left in a horse box while temperatures soared. Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is sending another warning to dog-owners after a man's pet had to be put down because he'd left it in a hot horsebox while attending an equestrian event in Suffolk.

Ian Cockley-Adams, from Cheltenham, was found guilty of two counts of animal cruelty at Ipswich Magistrates' Court.

The 58-year-old had left two dogs in the vehicle at the event in Euston on a hot day in June, 2017. He said he'd left them with four bowls of water and checked on them twice.

But temperatures outside had reached 29C and the court heard the horsebox felt as hot as an oven when opened.

Concerns were raised later in the day and security staff found that one dog was dehydrated and one was collapsed and unresponsive. He was taken for treatment but had to be put down.

Cockley-Adams was fined more than £1,700 and ordered to pay costs of more than £1,500. He was also banned from keeping dogs for three years.

"Throughout the summer last year, the RSPCA received thousands of calls across the country regarding the concern of dogs being put in perilously dangerous situations by being left in hot cars.

"We hope that this case sends out a clear message that leaving a dog in a hot vehicle will not be tolerated by the courts."

– RSPCA Inspector Thea Kerrison
The RSPCA has warned against leaving dogs unattended in cars when the temperatures soar. Credit: RSPCA

For more information on what to do if you see a dog in a hot car, please visit the RSPCA website.