With Melbourne's weather back up to 38 degrees ...... this is so important for the months ahead. This info is reprinted from the Victorian RSPCA BUT is relevant to all states - each state RSPCA has joined together to produce posters, stickers and you can pledge your support by going to http://justsixminutes.com.au.
If you see a dog left alone in a hot car, take down the car's color, model, make, and license plate number. Have the owner paged in the nearest buildings, or call the local RSPCA or police. Have someone keep an eye on the dog while you do this. Don't leave the scene until the situation has been resolved.
If you find a pet left in a hot car, please call the Victorian Police on 000. The Police are equipped to dispatch officers quickly from the nearest police station which is critical under these circumstances.
Every summer the RSPCA is inundated with calls from concerned citizens alerting us to animals that have been left or locked in hot cars. The RSPCA cannot stress enough that it takes just six minutes or less for an animal to suffer severe heat exhaustion in a car and die.
Tests conducted by Melbourne’s Metropolitan Ambulance Service on a 29 degree day with the car’s air conditioning having cooled the interior to a comfortable 20 degrees showed it took just 10 minutes for the temperature to more than double to 44 degrees. In a further 10 minutes it had tripled to a deadly 60.2 degrees. As with humans, exposure to these types of temperatures can be extremely dangerous.
Dogs are particularly at risk as they cool themselves by panting. If the air around them is too hot – particularly if they don’t have access to water - dogs are physically unable to regulate their body temperature. In the time it takes to pick up a few things for dinner at the supermarket and get through the check-out, a dog left in a hot car could have already died an agonising death.
Do not leave your dog in a vehicle. Pets can overheat even when the windows are down or the car is in the shade.