Police were forced to break a car window in order to free a dog trapped in “completely unacceptable” hot conditions.
Police smash car window to free dog trapped in ‘unacceptable’ heat in south-east London
The dog was left in a car in Petts Wood, Bromley , as the mercury soared to 32C on Monday, police said.
In order to free the caged canine, officers had to break the front window of the parked car, before giving it some water.
Officers tweeted: “It’s still 32 degrees. This is completely unacceptable.
The emergency services added the animal did not come to any harm, but the owner was given a stern warning.
Officers added: “Fortunately due to early intervention the dog didn’t come to serious harm, owner has been given very strong words of advice.
“He will be responsible for paying for the damage to his window which should act as a suitable deterrent against doing the same thing again in future.”
The force’s actions have been praised by some on social media.
One user wrote: “Well done @MPSBromley - glad someone was looking out for the poor dog.”
The RSPCA has already warned about the dangers of keeping dogs in hot cars this summer.
The animal charity offered advice to those who see an animal in distress, and said members of the public have the right to smash windows to free dogs.
It said: “If you see a dog in distress in a hot car dial 999."
In terms of helping a dog, the charity said if the situation becomes critical for the dog and the police are too far away or unable to attend, many people's first instinct would be to break into a car.
The charity warned that if someone decides to do this, they must be aware that without proper justification this could be seen as criminal damage.
It advised that you tell the police what you intend to do and why, take pictures of the dog and names and numbers of witnesses.