During the first real hot week in Tasmania this summer, the RSPCA has already noticed an uptick in reports of dogs being left in cars.
Now, the animal advocacy organisation is putting out a statewide call to remind dog owners not to leave their beloved pets in the car as the mercury rises.
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While the soaring mainland temperatures might be less dramatic in Tasmania, a temperature of 22 degrees celsius can be enough to send the temperature inside a car soaring. It is understood it can take less than six minutes for an animal to die in a hot car.
RSPCA Tasmania chief executive Jan Davis said the organisation had already noticed an obvious increase in reports of dogs being left in cars in the hot sun.
She said last week, when Launceston recorded two days of 28 plus degree temperatures, the organisation received about two to three reports every hour.
Ms Davis said there were also reports of the death of a dog who had been left in the car in the heat.
Another example she provided detailed how a dog was left in a car, without shade, for about 25 minutes before its owner came to let it out.
"Tinting, parking in the shade or leaving the windows open do not help to reduce the inside temperature significantly," she said.
"Sadly, every year, despite the warnings ... some people don't listen. As a result, animals suffer - and some [more] will die.
"People should never leave their animals unattended in vehicles or even on the back of a ute, even for a short period of time."
Ms Davis said the difficulties were further complicated by the fact even a roving RSPCA patrol officer is unable to break the window of a car if a dog is in distress and, instead, that ability falls to Tasmania Police.
If you see a dog in a car on a hot day, you can call the RSPCA animal cruelty hotline on 1300 139 947, and then police on 131 444.
More information is available at: justsixminutes.com.au.
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