Tesco’s sends supermarket staff around its parking lots to check that dogs are not left in owners’ vehicles
Tesco staff will patrol car parks outside their stores to ensure dogs are not left inside cars as the UK heat wave continues to spread across the country .
Employees at the supermarket chain, which has partnered with the RSPCA, will help identify dogs that have been left inside buyers’ vehicles as the country continues to face extreme heat.
The move comes as Britain prepares for temperatures to rise to 89.6F (32C) today – just a day after mercury levels surpassed 86F in England and Wales.
Tesco staff, who have partnered with the RSPCA, will patrol parking lots outside their stores to help identify dogs that have been left inside buyers’ vehicles. (Archive image)
As part of the initiative, staff at the supermarket giant have been trained on what to look for if they discover a dog is having problems and will also know what to do if a dog shows signs of heat stroke. .
A spokesperson for Tesco said Birmingham live: “We work with the RSPCA and all of our colleagues in the store have received training to ensure the protection of animal welfare.
“Our colleagues patrol our parking lots regularly and receive advice on what to do if they spot an unattended dog in a car.”
What if you see a dog in a car on a hot day?
The RSPCA says you should try to establish if the dog is showing signs of heat stroke such as heavy panting or drooling.
Other signs of heatstroke include lethargy and vomiting.
If the dog shows signs of heatstroke, the charity says to dial 999 immediately.
If the police are not available and the situation becomes critical, you need to be careful before making the decision to break the glass as it could be considered criminal damage and you may need to defend your actions in court.
Make sure you tell the police what you plan to do and why.
Take pictures or videos of the dog and the names and numbers of witnesses to the incident.
Last year, dog welfare experts at Nottingham Trent University found that leaving dogs in parked cars can be dangerous all year round, even in winter when outside temperatures are relatively low.
During the study, scientists monitored the internal temperatures of cars in the UK, with no dogs inside, every day for two years.
They found that temperatures exceeded 77F (25C) every month of the year – high enough to cause overheating in flat-faced breeds, such as Bulldogs and Pugs.
The study used data loggers to continuously record the internal temperatures of four vehicles at 15-minute intervals over a two-year period.
They found the car’s internal temperatures to exceed 95F (35C) between April and September, which is hot enough to cause overheating in all dog breeds.
Temperatures reached this level for almost a third of every day from May to July.
The team also found that the highest internal temperatures in vehicles occurred between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Most dogs are comfortable in temperatures between 59F and 77F, but that depends on breed, coat length, fitness, and other factors, the researchers said.
“Our work shows an even greater risk of leaving dogs in parked vehicles than previously thought,” said study author Dr Anne Carter, senior lecturer at the School of Animal Sciences. , Rural and Environmental Studies at Nottingham Trent University.
“We know that some dog owners are already ignoring the warning message about the risk of leaving their dog in the vehicle.
Last year, canine welfare experts at Nottingham Trent University discovered that leaving dogs in parked cars can be dangerous all year round. (Archive image)
“People assume the risk is only noon in summer, when in fact cars can reach potentially dangerous temperatures all year round, with late afternoon being the hottest time.
As heat stroke can be fatal in dogs, public awareness campaigns should consider launching in April or earlier, and could also include warnings about the increased risk to dogs in cars late after. -midday.”
The latest move comes as England and Wales recorded the hottest day of the year on Sunday, breaking records set on Saturday, and forecasters predict it could be even hotter throughout the week until Thursday.
In England, 88.88 F was recorded at Heathrow, surpassing the record of 86.54 F recorded on Saturday at Coton in the Elms, in Derbyshire.
Wales registered 86.36F at Cardiff, against 85.28F reached at Usk, Monmouthshire on Saturday.
As temperatures continue to soar, Public Health England and the Met Office are working together to ensure people stay safe in the hot conditions, urging the public to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and help anyone more. vulnerable to heat.