A woman who left her dog in a locked car for at least 25 minutes as temperatures soared to 32C has hit out at passer-bys who tried to help the canine.
According to Perth Now, a witness named Jason recently spotted the Staffordshire terrier mix panting in the front seat of an SUV parked outside a gym in Harrisdale, Perth.
Concerned for the dog’s well-being, Jason reportedly uploaded an image of the dog to Facebook group and asked members for advice while he waited for the owner of the car to return.
“After at least 25 minutes since I saw the dog, the… owner came waltzing out of Red Dot with arms full of goods,” he posted.
When Jason confronted the car owner, she reportedly told him she couldn’t understand why people were upset “because the windows were slightly down”.
Other concerned passer-bys had also noticed the dog in the car and poured water through the cracks in the window in an attempt to cool it down, which apparently upset the woman.
“She then had a whinge that her seat was wet because people had poured water in,” Jason posted.
Social media users were quick to side with Jason.
“Does she not know the temps today, why didn't she just leave the dog home? Stupid,” one person said.
Jason said he reported the woman to the RSPCA, who recommend leaving pets at home on hot days.
Leaving windows slightly open isn’t enough to effect the temperature inside of a hot car, the RSPCA has warned.
Anyone who is found to have harmed an animal by leaving them in a car could face a maximum fine of $50,000 or five years’ jail, according to Perth Now.
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