Photo: Emergency service rescue two dogs on Union Street, Southport

Emergency service rescue two very hot Southport dogs

Emergency service rescued two hot and distressed dogs on Union Street, Southport, Wednesday 21 July 2016.

Two dogs were left in a hot car with fire crews and police having to break into the vehicle to rescue them.

Members of the public told our reporter: “These poor dogs have been the car since 10:30am and now its 2.45pm.”

“The owners don’t deserve to have dogs”

This is the fourth incident in two days where a dog or multiple dogs have been left in a car in high temperatures.

Inspector Graham Fisher of Southport told “I would like to remind all pet owners to take extra care of animals in hot weather. Do not even leave a pet in a vehicle for a minute, in case you are called away unexpectedly. It doesn’t take long for the heat to take effect and the consequences can be catastrophic.”

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Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Press release 

Firefighters assisted Merseyside Police in releasing two small dogs from a vehicle in Southport just after 1.50pm today, Thursday, July 21.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service received the call at 1.51pm and crews were alerted at 1.52pm. They were on scene at 1.58pm.

One fire engine from Southport Community Fire Station attended the incident, which occurred on Union Street.

Crews used a crow bar to gain access to the vehicle and release the dogs, both of which were suffering from heat exhaustion.

The dogs were handed in to the care of Merseyside Police.

Jo Stephens, Dog Handler for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Never leave a dog in a car on a hot day, even for a minute.

“Dogs can become dangerously overheated inside a  vehicle very quickly and leaving the windows down, leaving a bowl of water out or parking in the shade is not enough.

“Temperatures in cars can soar to over 45 degrees on hot days which is enough to kill a dog in a matter of minutes.

“Our message is don’t take your dog out in the car on a hot day. They could suffer dehydration, sunstroke or death –it isn’t worth the risk.”


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