THERE have been 14 cases of dogs left in hot cars in Kwinana, Rockingham and Mandurah in the past two months.
RSPCA WA chief inspector Amanda Swift said she was concerned by the number of reports and urged dog owners to leave their pets at home on hot days.
From October to November this year, the Kwinana area received two reports, Mandurah received four reports and Rockingham received eight reports of dogs being left in hot cars.
An RSPCA WA spokeswoman said most cases reported within these areas came from shopping centre carparks.
“The Rockingham, Mandurah and Kwinana area inspector has told me she’s seen mostly elderly people leaving their dogs locked in a car on a hot day,” she said.
This year since October 1, there have already been 83 cases reported of West Australians leaving dogs in hot cars.
“Why people insist on taking their dogs out with them when they’re going out, even just to the shops, I just can’t understand,” Ms Swift said.
“Some people are still chancing it but what they don’t realise is they are causing harm to their dog.”
The effects of heatstroke can be long-lasting, causing serious long-term health problems such as organ damage.
People who leave their dog in a car on a hot day could be prosecuted under the Animal Welfare Act and face a maximum penalty of $50,000 or five years’ imprisonment.
RSPCA WA urged if you see a dog locked in a car in hot weather, note the vehicle’s registration number and location and report it immediately to the RSPCA Cruelty Hotline on 1300 CRUELTY.