POLICE rescued a trapped dog from a locked van in sweltering 31C heat yesterday.
Officers smashed its closed windows to retrieve the panting pup after it was spotted stuck inside.
Its owner was given a telling off by the hero cops in Bromley, South London on Wednesday — where temperatures topped over 30C.
One officer told local paper the News Shopper: “The window was smashed so that the dog could be removed from the hot van and the driver has been given suitable words of advice by the attending officers.”
Tweeting pics of the grateful pooch today, a spokesperson for the Met Police in Bromley wrote: “We were alerted to this dog locked in a van in #Bromley this afternoon.
“It’s 30 degrees outside! Officers left with no option but to break van window to get the animal out. #DogsDieInHotCars #520PY”.
Cops smashed open the van’s window as they retrieved the panting pooch[/caption]
The dog was grateful to its rescuers, lying down to get a tummy rub from one officer[/caption]
It comes after pet owners were urged this week to also keep their pets out of the sun and off the streets as baking tarmac reaches melting point.
Twitter user @Zucchinisaurus posted a shocking snap of a dog with badly burned and blistered paws.
They wrote: “Before you take your dog for a walk in hot weather, take off your shoes / socks and stand on the pavement.
“If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your dog!”.
And a social media post shared by pet welfare accound Keeley’s Pet Service explained how walkways can reach baking temperatures.
They said that once temperatures exceed 31C the asphalt can be as hot as 62C.
The RSPCA says dogs should only be walked early in the morning or at night “when they will not burn their paws on the pavement or be at increased risk of heatstroke”.
A horror pic of a dog’s burned paws was posted as a warning to owners about the dangers of hot pavements
The heatwave sweeping through the UK this week is expected to bring temperatures in excess of 35C
A graphic shared online explains that temperatures on pavements can reach in excess of 60C
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And homeowners ought to be argus-eyed for signs that their pet has suffered painful burns — as well as claudication, licking their feet, or full of injured, red or darkened pads.
Meanwhile, signs that dogs ar full of heat stroke embody serious panting, vomiting, and red or dark gums and tongue.
If they are doing show these signs they must be cooled step by step by giving them cool however not cold water and gushing cool water over them.
Cat homeowners ought to check greenhouses and conservatories before protection them just in case their pet becomes at bay.
Britain’s hottest ever day on record is thirty eight.5 degrees recorded at Faversham, in Kent, in August 2003.
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