Car parking safety

Applicable in ALL towns and cities - where ever you park your car, never leave valuables on display such as handbags, sat navs, laptops, cameras or phones etc.


In the summer even on warm day's cars become like ovens, with temperatures soaring to 120°F/49°C or even higher. Because of this, animals should NEVER be left inside cars. If an animal left in a car is panting for breath it may be starting to suffer from heatstroke, which can kill an animal very quickly.

Just leaving windows open or having a bowl of water in the car does not help. Dogs can die from heatstroke in a minimum of just 20 minutes.

It is not just cars, it applies to caravans also. Owners who put an animal at risk by leaving it inside car could face prosecution.

If you see a dog left inside a parked car on a warm day, please contact the Dog Wardens on 01903 737755. Make a note of the car’s colour, model, make and number plate before you call. If the car is in a shop’s car park, ask the shop to page the owner over the intercom if they have one. In the event of a Dog Warden being unable to attend, please contact the RSPCA 24-hour National Cruelty and Advice telephone line on 0300 1234 999.

For mre information please see the Arun District Councils website Dog section

RSPCA ADVICE for Pets in Hot Weather

For further information about how easy it is to keep animals safe in hot weather, please visit the RSPCA Website