Pets and hot cars a deadly combination

As temperatures soar, disturbing new RACQ data has revealed an average of two pets are rescued from locked cars every day in Queensland.

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 RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the Club’s Roadside Assistance patrols had rescued 859 animals from hot cars in the past 12 months and it was concerning in the lead up to summer. 

“It’s simply too dangerous to leave your four-legged friend in the car, particularly in spring and summer, when temperatures can climb quickly,” Ms Ross said.

“Contrary to popular belief, parking in the shade and with your windows down doesn’t make much difference to the temperature inside your car.

“Animals can’t cool themselves in intense heat so it’s up to owners to behave responsibly and protect their fur babies.”

Ms Ross said the State Government’s recent announcement it would consider upping fines and even jail time under revised animal cruelty laws, was an important step forward.

“It shouldn’t be necessary to threaten owners with heavy fines for what should be common sense but, if helps protect innocent animals from harm, then that’s good news,” she said.

“It’s pretty simple: if you wouldn’t leave your child in the car then don’t leave your pet either.”

 Location  Number of calls for pets locked in cars
 Brisbane  260 
 Sunshine Coast  101 
 Gold Coast  86 
 Darling Downs   51
 Wide Bay  50 
 Townsville  31 
 Rockhampton - Gladstone  25
 Cairns  23 
 Mackay  12