Please don't leave animals to die in locked cars this summer!
A kind-hearted animal lover came to the aid of an overheating dog trapped in a hot car, smashing a window to give it some respite.
The lady noticed the springer spaniel sitting in a cage in the back of a tourist's Kia 4x4 that was parked in St Ives, Cornwall.
The dog's owner returned, and screamed when she saw police by her car. She had left the dog for an hour and a half while she ate at Pizza Express.
"When she came back she said "oh God, my dog it's lucky it isn't dead". I told her 'too right you are lucky it is not dead.'
"She was a holidaymaker and was really embarrassed. She claimed she'd only gone for an hour and a half. Inside the car it was estimated to be 52°C."
Devon and Cornwall Police said that under the circumstances people had the right to break into a car to free an animal they believed to be in distress.