Onlookers jeer at woman who left dog in parked car

PUBLISHED: 14:08 29 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:45 20 April 2010

YOU should be ashamed of yourself!" Those words, shouted by a pensioner, must still be ringing in the ears of a woman who was given very strong words of advice" from police after she left a doberman dog in a parked car in High Street, Honiton.

YOU should be ashamed of yourself!" Those words, shouted by a pensioner, must still be ringing in the ears of a woman who was given "very strong words of advice" from police after she left a doberman dog in a parked car in High Street, Honiton, last Thursday lunchtime. People standing at a bus stop outside Lace Walk had become concerned about the dog, fearing it could suffer heat stroke and die during a period of hot weather. Police officers, who covered the estate car's rear windscreen with a blanket in a bid to reduce the temperature inside the vehicle, were about to smash a window to free the dog when the car's owner appeared on the scene. "I've only been gone for five minutes," she told them. The Herald, called to the scene by a member of public who feared the dog had died, witnessed onlookers openly disagree. "You've been at least 15 minutes," one of them said. Police, who had been at the scene for five minutes, instructed the woman to open the car. A member of the public offered bottled water for the dog to drink and the car owner also had water available. Police escorted the woman and the dog down an alleyway at The Three Tuns. The woman was in tears as she was led back past the crowd, when the pensioner spoke out. Police Community Support Officer Sue Rowe later confirmed: "The woman was given very strong words of advice. "Dogs die in hot cars. "The temperature inside a car can rise to 47oC - even if it is only 22oC outside. "The advice we have been given by the RSPCA is that dogs panting for breath could be suffering from heat stroke. Heat can kill a dog very quickly. "Leaving windows open and giving the dog water to drink does not help and pet owners who leave their dogs in cars can face prosecution." PCSO Rowe said anybody spotting a dog that has been left alone in a car should call police or 0870 5555999.

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