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Bodycam captures cops smashing car window to save distressed dog inside

The black dog was given water and rushed on blue-lights to an animal hospital where his temperature was recorded at 102°F.

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This is the moment police officers rescued a distressed dog locked inside a sweltering car. (Nottinghamshire Police via SWNS)

By Adam Dutton via SWNS

Hero cops smashed a window to rescue a distressed Shih Tzu that collapsed after being left in a sweltering car.

The desperate dog was left in the car at the Wilkinson Street park and ride in Nottingham, England when temperatures soared to 91°F.

Police bodycam footage shows officers smash the window of the car and haul the panting pooch to safety on the afternoon of Monday, August 8.

The black dog was given water and rushed on blue-lights to an animal hospital where his temperature was recorded at 39.1°C (102°F).

Thankfully, the dog is making a good recovery and the reckless owner is set to be quizzed by police with the case referred to the RSPCA.

PC Jamie Martin, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Firstly, I would like to thank staff at NET Nottingham Tram for alerting us to this incident. Had they not done so, it is unlikely the dog would have survived.

"Many people think it's OK to leave their dog in the car on a warm day providing the windows are open.

“But this incident shows that just simply isn’t the case. Put simply, you should never leave your dog alone in a car on a warm day.

“Whilst it is not illegal to leave a dog in a hot car, owners are legally responsible for their pet’s health and welfare.

“If a dog became ill or sadly died due to being left in a hot car, owners could be charged with the offense of animal cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

“This could lead to a prison sentence and/or a fine.”

According to the RSPCA, cars can become as hot as an oven, even when the weather doesn't feel that warm.

The charity says that when it's 22°C (71°F) outside, the car could reach 47°C (116°F) within an hour.

An RSPCA spokesperson said: "As sweltering temperatures continue, it's more important than ever to spread the message that dogs die in hot cars.

"Many people think it will be fine just to leave their pets for a short period of time, but not long is too long. Temperatures can soar to dangerous levels so quickly - and that can put dogs in serious danger.

"If someone sees a dog in distress in a hot car, we urge them to dial 999. It's really positive to see forces like Nottinghamshire Police, and others across England and Wales, taking action when dogs need their help in these potentially fatal situations."

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