Deaths spark heat warning

Wednesday, 28th November, 2012

Three-month-old puppy Bundi abandoned her ball and enjoyed the shade during the heat wave this week. Three-month-old puppy Bundi abandoned her ball and enjoyed the shade during the heat wave this week.

By Shannon Jenkins

Locals are warned to keep their pets cool and hydrated after the recent death of two dogs in Broken Hill.

RSPCA NSW reminded pet owners to avoid leaving pets unattended in vehicles during predicted high temperatures this week.

Owners are also cautioned against taking animals out for exercise or other strenuous activities during temperature extremes.

The message comes after two separate incidents this week where dogs were brought in to the local RSPCA, but later died as a result of heat stroke.

In one incident a dog was taken pig-hunting at midday on a day with temperatures in the high thirties.

The maximum penalty for a dog being left alone in a car is $5,500 and could carry a six month prison sentence.

If a dog died as a result of being left in a car, the maximum penalty is $22,000 and could carry a two year prison sentence.

The RSPCA's Elaine Colbeck said that keeping your dog hydrated is essential.

"If your dog is tethered make sure they can reach water, shade and shelter," Ms Colbeck said.

"We see a lot of dogs that are dehydrated."

Members of the public are urged to contact local police or RSPCA NSW on 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 3589) if they see a stressed animal left in a car.

Meanwhile, Ms Colbeck urged locals to be wary when adopting pets as gifts this festive season.

"Make sure that if you buy a pet for someone this Christmas that they actually want to take care of a pet."