Lack of prosecution over dogs in car defended by the RSPCA
THE RSPCA has explained why it will not be prosecuting the owners of three dogs who needed rescuing from their car on one of the hottest days of the year.
There were widespread calls for the dogs' owners, who were tourists visiting Wells from Cornwall, to be prosecuted – but no action appeared to be taken – which led to them receiving abusive messages online.
It has since emerged that the RSPCA decided that issuing a caution to the owners was enough.
A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said: "We completely understand the concern for the dogs left in a hot car in July that had to be rescued by police.
"We have carried out a full investigation and spoken to the dogs' owners and have subsequently issued a caution.
"We only take prosecutions if we have sufficient veterinary evidence and if a prosecution would be in the public interest and we must look at each case individually.
"This case differed from many we see in that the dogs' welfare was not severely compromised, as is often the case, they did not require veterinary treatment and have suffered no ill effects as a result of the incident.
"The RSPCA has taken several prosecutions involving animals left in hot environments and will not hesitate to do so where this is the best course of action.
"We continue to urge all owners not to leave their dogs in hot cars in which temperatures can quickly reach 47 degrees within 60 minutes when the outside temperature is just 22 degrees.
"Leaving the windows open and a bowl of water for the dog is never enough and they should not be left in hot environments for even a few minutes."