Firefighters save dog left in boiling car with no windows open

Cockapoo rescued by firefighters after being left alone in boiling car
Little Bertie was left alone in the car with no windows open in the direct sunlight (Picture: Cambridgeshire Live)

Firefighters were forced to break into a boiling car and rescue a dog after owners left him alone with no windows open in a supermarket car park.

Cockapoo Bertie was left in direct sunlight on the roof level of a multi-storey car park, as temperatures rose to a sweltering 30°C on Friday. Officials were forced to step in after Waitrose staff, at Saffron Walden, in Essex, couldn’t find the owner who was shopping in the store. The firefighters said little Bertie was found ‘in distress due to the intense heat’ and have informed police over the incident.

They added the little dog was lucky to be alive, as had they not been alerted by supermarket staff, he wouldn’t have survived.

Charity DogsTrust warns pets can die in just 20 minutes if left in a hot car, even if the windows are left open. Saffron Walden Fire Station is now urging pet owners to keep their animals’ safety and welfare in mind, as the UK sees its hottest day of the year today.
The car Bertie the cockerpoo had to be rescued from
Firefighters had to break into the car to save the dog from the boiling car (Picture: Cambridgeshire Live)
Firefighters were called to rescue a dog from a boiling car after supermarket staff couldn't find the owner. Bertie, a cockapoo, had been left in a car in direct sunlight on the roof level of the multistory car park in Saffron Walden at midday yesterday (June 28). While Bertie was trapped in car, his owner was shopping in the Waitrose supermarket in Hill Street. Pictured: Bertie with his rescuer from Essex Fire and Rescue
Luckily Bertie was rescued in time and was given some water to recover (Picture: Cambridgeshire Live)

Is something wet? Unlike humans who sweat everywhere, dogs only sweat through the pads of their feet.

Firefighters also thanked Waitrose staff for trying to find Bertie’s owner and giving him water after he was rescued. In the Facebook post they wrote: ‘Today we rescued a Cokerpoo [sic] Dog called Bertie from the top deck of Waitrose multi story park car in SW by breaking a window to release him.

‘The dog was in distress due to the intense heat within a parked car in direct sunlight with no open windows. Please always keep your pet’s welfare and safety in mind particularly during this hot spell.

‘With the recent high profile incident in Saffron Walden we are surprised the message is still not getting through when it comes to leaving children and pets in hot vehicles.

‘Thankfully Bertie survived to tell the tale! We thank Waitrose staff for their support with trying to help locate the owner and for providing much needed water for Bertie. ‘The incident has been reported to Essex Police.’