Swansea Labour are behind an initiative with the UK’s largest dog welfare charity to help prevent pets dying in hot cars this summer.
Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, has joined forces with Swansea Council because only a few minutes in a hot car can prove fatal for dogs.
Despite this every year animal welfare charities and the police receive thousands of reports of animals being left alone in cars on warm days.
Swansea has been identified as a ‘hot spot’ when it comes to calls received by the RSPCA concerning dogs being left alone in cars over the summer months.
So, Swansea Council is running an awareness campaign and car parking staff in 18 car parks will be taking action if they spot a dog in distress in a hot car.
Labour councillor Mark Thomas, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: “We want people to enjoy the summer months with their dogs, safely. Nobody ever thinks it’s going to happen to them or their much loved family pet yet every year many people still gamble with their dog’s life by leaving them alone in a car on a warm day.
“Working with Dogs Trust we are determined to make people aware of the dangers, and if a member of our car parking teams spots a dog in distress, they will call 999 immediately. This will help ensure the dogs can be removed from the car as quickly as possible, in a safe and legal manner.”
The car parks to be patrolled include the Quarry, Dairy and Recreation Ground car parks on Mumbles Road, car parks on Caswell Road, Port Eynon Car Park, Langland Car Park, Bracelet Bay car park and Singleton Boating Lake Car Park.
At all the car parks being targeted there will also be ‘Dogs Die in Hot Cars’ signage and stickers on car park barriers and ticket machines, reminding people to never leave their dog in a car on a warm day.
Lee Paris, Campaigns Manager at Dogs Trust, says: “We are delighted to be working with Swansea Council to raise awareness of the dangers and to try and prevent the heartbreak and distress caused when a much loved family pet suffers, or dies, because they have been left in a car on a summer’s day.”
Dogs Trust and the Council advise that if you see a dog in distress in a hot car, call 999 immediately.
A list of all the car parks to be targeted can be found on Swansea Council’s website.
You can find out more about caring for dogs in the hot weather on the Dogs Trust website at https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/news-events/issues-campaigns/hot-dogs/
For more information from Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for 15,000 dogs across its network of 20 rehoming centres in the UK and one in Dublin, please contact Regional Press Officer: Julia Youd Julia.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 337 3606.