Sunday 23 May 2010

Concerns about dogs left in cars in hot weather

Over the past couple of days, I have received concerns from constituents in the West End about dogs left in vehicles during the hot weather. People should not leave their dogs in a parked car in such weather conditions.

I firstly received a concern from one of my constituents that a dog was left for at least over an hour in Dobbie’s car park at Ethiebeaton Park Monifieth on Friday. The SSPCA was contacted by the worried constituent and although the dog owner eventually turned up, the dog had been left panting and distressed for a considerable period. I don’t doubt that the owner did this in all innocence but he should realise that dogs should not be left in a parked car in hot weather.

My council colleague Cllr Helen Dick from Strathmartine Ward received a similar concern yesterday and I had a further complaint from a West End resident about a similar issue yesterday too. Obviously the vast majority of owners act very responsibly and do not leave their dog in the car in the heat but I am awfully concerned by the incidents reported to myself and Cllr Dick over the past few days.