RSPCA issues desperate plea to all pet owners

We all know it’s been so hot lately but there might be a furry friend we haven’t considered as much

We all know it’s been so hot lately but there might be a furry friend we haven’t considered as much as we should, and now the RSPCA has issued a desperate plea to the general public and pet owners.

According to an urgent press release, in the last week RSPCA Qld has received 30 calls linked to heat stress fears for dogs left in cars and backyards. These calls come just days after the death of one dog in a car in Cairns 10 days ago, signalling that people are just not getting the message. 

“It’s very, very frustrating,” said RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty. “Despite all the warnings people continue to forget or just ignore them. The media have been hugely cooperative in getting the message out there so we just can’t comprehend why we’re continuing to receive this number of reports”.

“People simply have to be aware of the dangers. If it’s 30 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can potentially rise to well over forty degrees in less than five minutes. We tested a light coloured sedan and the temperature rose to 57 degrees in twelve minutes. Any animal left inside would have been dead.”

Dogs left in backyards can also be in danger. 

“A dog can survive for days without food, but in these temperatures, if they don’t have shade or can’t reach water they’ll die,” continued Mr Beatty. “A rope or a chain can easily become entangled in furniture or plants and that can be fatal. It’s far better to make the yard or courtyard secure and then it won’t be necessary to tether the dog in the first place. We would also recommend that there are at least two to three containers of water in case one gets knocked over”       

Exercising dogs in the middle of the day can also be dangerous at this time of the year. They tend to overheat very quickly and once their temperature rises above forty degrees they can die.

“If a dog is suffering from heat stress it’s imperative to get its temperature down as quickly as possible”, Mr Beatty said.

Tell us, will you be making some changes when it comes to your dog?

  1. Neither a dog or a child should be ever left in a car, if you can’t take them out of the vehicle, it’s simple don’t take them, and if you can’t get a baby sitter for your child, take them into the shop with you, and if you can’t do that you shouldn’t have a pet or a child…

  2. It’s not rocket science. Don’t leave your dog in a car on a hot day – leave them at home, don’t tie them up – provide a safe, fenced backyard with plenty of shelter, exercise them early morning or late afternoon, leave them plenty of water or leave them inside and don’t get an animal if this is all too hard. Sick of the idiots who presume a window open a couple of inches is adequate. Try sitting in your car for the same amount of time on a hot day.

  3. I love my dog and she is very spoilt. She wants to go everywhere with me and I can understand how easy it is to just let your dog. However I have had to be very firm with her and leave her looking accusingly at me in hot or even warm weather. At least she will be there next time to look accusingly at me.

    • Kaylene  

      If you truly love your dog please think of his wellbeing they probably feel the heat more than us as they have their hair thickness

  4. The person who left the dog in the car, perhaps should be made to sit in the car for a few hours just to see what it feels like. The person should have known better. My dog has fresh water every day, is walked very early in the morning, and our house is his dog house. He can come and go as he pleases through a doggy door. If people can’t look after dogs they should not have them. And if you have to leave them in the backyard, at least have somewhere for them to be where they are not in the hot sun and make sure there is plenty of water there for them.

    • Yes same here, but I walk my dog just before the Sun goes down, but l always test the road/pathways with my hand before walking..

    • Cheryl Franke I have read where dogs get burnt paws, so that is one reason I walk early in the morning, but at least you have the brains to test the bitumen.

    • You two ladies are true dog lovers and love means care, dogs give us such unconditional love in return 😊 I haven’t got a dog at present but have owned a few, one was a stray that wandered into our yard, he was blind at 4 and we had him for 16 years…

    • The one I have now is a rescue dog and the one I had before was from a pound. She was blind, had heart problems and arthritis and cost a lot of money to keep her alive.. She was about 9 when we got her and we had her for almost 5 years before she passed on.

    • all I can say is they must be bloody idiots. should be charged with aggravated neglect. it’s not like there’s not plenty of info regarding this.

  5. It is a big problem for travellers. What do you do with your dog while you go and buy lunch. I’d certainly make a point of stopping for a leisurely lunch at the pub or road house that offered shaded yards for dogs. It amazed me travelling in outback Queensland how many people had their dogs in unshaded metal cages on their Utes and parked in the sun. Try putting your hand on that metal and holding it there for a few minutes. The dog is possibly better off than one shut in a car but don’t their owners engage their brains or don’t they care.

  6. The mentality of people who STILL need this message put across! How dare they think they are fit to be pet owners 😡😡😡

  7. Unbelievable that people even need to be told this – they must have escaped a pretty shallow gene pool to not alredy know it.

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