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RSPCA warns owners: Don't risk your dog's life in hot weather

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The RSPCA is warning dog owners to look after their pets in hot weather.

The charity told us that owners shouldn't take the risk of leaving animals in warm cars.

  • WATCH: RSPCA advice on helping your pets through the hot weather

Even...when it's fairly overcast, temperatures can rise really quickly. Please don't take that risk with your dog's life."

– Amy Ockelford, RSPCA

There were more than 8,000 reports to the RSPCA of dogs being found in hot cars in 2018.

Last year the RSPCA received

  • 131 calls about dogs in hot cars in Buckinghamshire
  • 111 calls in Berkshire
  • 115 calls in Oxfordshire

The overall number of calls is at a three year high.

  • WATCH: RSPCA Advice on what to do if you find a dog in a car

In an emergency we'd always tell people to dial 999."

– Amy Ockelford

Their warning comes as temperatures could reach as high as 35 degrees over the weekend.

Saturday is likely to be the scorcher, with a fresher feel expected on Sunday.