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Dogs left to roast in car

PUBLISHED: 12:53 09 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:40 24 August 2010

TWO pet owners who left a pair of Yorkshire Terriers in their car while they enjoyed themselves at Notting Hill Carnival could find themselves hauled before the courts. Claire Harper from the Mayhew Animal Home was forced to smash into the blue Audi to r

TWO pet owners who left a pair of Yorkshire Terriers in their car while they enjoyed themselves at Notting Hill Carnival could find themselves hauled before the courts.

Claire Harper from the Mayhew Animal Home was forced to smash into the blue Audi to rescue the pair who were left to roast for five hours in the car which had heated to a scorching 27 degrees.

Concerned neighbours alerted the Mayhew, which is based on Trenmar Avenue, Kensal Green, to the dog's plight on Kempe Road, Queen's Park on August 31.

Ms Harper said: "After we broke the window of the car, I crawled in and it literally was like an oven it there.

"Even after we had the doors open it was unbearable to be inside for even the short time rescuing the dogs.

"It is common knowledge that dogs can die incredibly quickly if left inside a hot car and it simply beggars belief that the owners of these poor animals chose to ignore this to go and have fun at carnival."

The dogs were taken to the RSPCA hospital in Putney where they are being cared for by the organisation.

The owners eventually came forward after Ms Harper left a note in the car.

The Birmingham-based pair said they were forced to leave the dogs in their car after the police vetoed them taking them into the carnival.

A spokesman for RSPCA said they were investigating the matter before deciding what course of action to take against the owners.


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