Dog Theft

Police are warning dog-owners to be extra-vigilant following a rise in the number of thefts reported across the county in recent weeks. Since May, there have been 17 incidents of dogs stolen from homes and kennels in Cambridgeshire, and this reflects a rising trend nationally, linked to an increase in the prices charged for dogs and puppies.

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Dogs in Summer

This summer is usually hot and sunny weather. Summer weather can be changeable and even on cloudy days the heat from the sun is strong. It only takes a short time for a dog to suffer the effects of being left in a car or in any place where a cool spot is not provided. 

Most people are aware of the effects of summer heat in a car where extreme temperatures are quickly reached. Even if a dog has been left in a car with its windows open or has been left in the shade it is still not safe!  Dogs pant to keep cool. In hot stuffy cars dogs can’t cool down - leaving a window open or a sunshield on windscreens won’t keep your car cool enough. The same can apply to a conservatory or other rooms and the garden. 

 Under 20 minutes in a hot car can prove fatal to a dog should its body temperature exceed 41°C. When it’s 22°C/72°F outside, the temperature inside a car can reach 47°C/117°F within 60 minutes. At 26°c outside it can reach 37°c in just 10 mins! Dogs overheat quickly which means they could be at serious risk in only a short time.

If you see a dog in a car on a warm day, call the Police on 999. If the police are unable to attend, please call the RSPCA 24-hour cruelty line 0300 1234 999.
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Respect The Lead Campaign

The Respect the Lead Campaign has helpful advice on how to approach dogs on leads.