Police smash Hatfield car window in dog rescue

PUBLISHED: 17:17 14 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:17 14 August 2018

Asda in Hatfield. Picture: Kevin Lines

Asda in Hatfield. Picture: Kevin Lines


If you found your car window smashed today, and your dog missing, you might want to call police ... because they’re the ones who did it.

Just after 2.30pm today (August 14), officers from the Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Team noticed a dog was in distress inside a blue Ford Mondeo parked in Asda car park.

After several Tannoy announcements were made inside the shop, nobody had returned to the vehicle, so police smashed the window and released the dog.

The dog, who is believed to be male, is safe and well, and was taken to Hatfield Police Station where he will shortly be passed into the care of the local dog warden.

The warden will try to get in touch with the dog’s owner.

Welwyn Hatfield South Police tweeted about the incident, adding: “Sorry about the window.”

RSPCA advice for not leaving dogs in cars 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. When it’s 22 degrees, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour.”

Read more guidance here: www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/dogs/health/dogsinhotcars

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