Two calls every hour to animals struggling in hot summer weather
The RSPCA has urged pet owners to keep their animals cool in the summer heat as temperatures rocket to 30C in some parts of England and Wales this week.
The animal welfare charity is issuing advice after a surge in calls relating to animals and heat exposure last month.
The charity’s 24-hour emergency line received 1,606 calls in July - that’s two every hour or more than 50 a day - from concerned members of the public reporting dogs shut in hot vehicles, farm animals out in the heat, and horses without shade.
There have been more than 5,700 calls so far this year (January 1 - August 21) regarding animals exposed to the heat, more than 90% of which came from people concerned for dogs left in cars, vans, caravans and conservatories on warm days.