A DRIVER has been left furious after their car window was smashed to pieces – they claim by a well-meaning citizen attempting to rescue a TOY dog.
An anonymous Facebook post on Spotted Weston-super-Mare details how a furious parent had left their daughter’s toy dog in the car during the recent heatwave – but returned to their vehicle to find the back window smashed to bits.
The owner of the car posted the images of their smashed window to Facebook, branding the wannabe hero ‘stupid’[/caption]
Social media users in the comments reasoned that the dog looked fairly realistic[/caption]
Claiming the window was smashed in order to “rescue” the toy, the anonymous user wrote: “I returned to my car after leaving it for 20 minutes to do some shopping to find someone has smashed the back window in as they thought my daughter’s plush toy dog was a real dog trapped in the heat.
“How can you be this stupid?
“Shame on you.”
‘BE THANKFUL PEOPLE CARE’
However, Somerset Live reports that the majority of comments backed the window-smasher, not the moaning Facebook user.
One man said: “I would have done the same thing – that does look quite life-like.”
A woman added: “Well done to the person who did it thinking it was a real dog, be thankful people care.”
A third person posted: “I don’t blame them – it’s an honest mistake.
“Next time don’t leave the dog in view making people think it’s real.”
One funny user parodied the original post, writing: “I returned to my car after leaving it for 20 minutes to do some shopping to find someone has smashed the back window in as I left a realistic looking dog plush toy in the window and it’s the hottest day of the year.
“How can I be so stupid?
“Shame on me.”
During the recent heatwave, temperatures peaked at 38.7C – Britain’s hottest day ever.
COPS TAKE ACTION
According to Somerset Live, a small dog also had to be rescued from a parked car by police in Plymouth on the same day, after being left inside for more than two hours.
However, despite the hellish temperatures Brits across the country still cruelly locked their pets in baking cars even though the risks are incredibly high.
Even in normal weather, a car can quickly become “as hot as an oven”.
The RSPCA’s website warns: “Many people still believe that it’s OK to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they’re parked in the shade, but the truth is, it’s still a very dangerous situation for the dog.
“A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn’t feel that warm.”
According to the RSPCA, Britons could end up with a criminal record if something happens to their dog after it’s left alone in a car.
It is not illegal to leave a pet unattended in a vehicle.
But if the animal becomes ill or dies as a result, you could be charged with animal cruelty.
If convicted under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, drivers can be jailed for six months and slapped with an unlimited fine.
Most read in news
If cops spot a suffering pooch locked inside a hot car, they will act.
Last month police in Leeds alerted a Sainsbury’s shopper that they had spotted their dog suffering in the heat of the shopper’s locked car.
Cops pictured the incident and forced the shopper out to rescue the dog.
Officers smashed into another car in Plymouth, Devon, to free another pug as they warned dog owners not to leave pets in hot vehicles during this week’s record-breaking heatwave.
Sgt Ian Micklethwaite, from West Yorkshire Police, tweeted: “In the space of less than 10 minutes the dog was starting to pant / overheat.
“Just don’t do it.”
We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at email@example.com or call 0207 782 4368 . You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.