THE RSPCA is investigating a report of two dogs left “visibly panting” in a car at Karrinyup Shopping Centre earlier this afternoon.
It brings to 19 the number of reports to the WA animal welfare organisation of dogs left in vehicles this month.
“The message is still not sinking in,” an RSPCA spokeswoman said.
“Those reports are from across WA but mostly in Perth.
“And it is almost always shopping centres; people going to the shops and leaving their dogs in the car.
“The dogs (at Karrinyup) were visibly panting.”
The RSPCA was notified about the Karrinyup dogs through their cruelty hotline.
Police were also notified but the car – in an under cover carpark near Myer – had left the shopping centre.
“One of our inspectors is investigating,” the spokeswoman said.
“We have a number plate and we give it to the police and they’ll pass on a name and details for us to contact them.
“Parking in the shade or leaving the windows down makes little difference to the temperature inside the car.
“We advise people to leave their dogs at home.”
If a dog is found to be harmed from being left in a vehicle, the penalty is a maximum fine of $50,000 or five years jail.
“And the dog owner can be prohibited from keeping animals,” the spokeswoman said.