Pet owners are being reminded to be extra vigilant about their pet’s welfare over the summer months, after the RSPCA were swamped with calls from the community reporting animals suffering from heat stress.
RSPCA Queensland spokeswoman Emma Lagoon says the organisation is deeply concerned about the high number of animals being left in hot cars.
“Since the beginning of November our inspectors have received 116 calls reporting heat stress, and so far this year we’ve also had 105 calls about animals being left in hot cars,” Emma says.
“Cars can quickly turn into ovens, so don’t leave your pet behind when you duck into the shops.
“In a matter of minutes your pet can suffer heatstroke and die if left in a car.”
The RSPCA also says it’s important that pets have access to ample shade and water as the temperature rises.
“It’s a timely reminder for dog owners to never leave your pet tethered. The sun moves during the day, if your dog can’t access shade or water they will perish,” Emma says.
“Too often our Inspectors have been called out to rescue dogs in distress only to find it’s too late.”
Last December an RSPCA inspector was called out to a critical job where a dog was suffering from heat exhaustion after being tethered to a clothesline.
No one was home and no water or shelter was provided for the dog.
Despite rescuing the dog and rushing him to the vet, it was too late.
“We do not want to see a repeat of these situations this Summer, or any time of year.”
If you see an animal in distress, contact the RSPCA’s 24/7 Animal Emergency Hotline 1300 ANIMAL.