UPDATED: Police on the Isle of Wight have rescued a dog that was left in a boiling hot car in the car park of Osborne House in East Cowes this afternoon (Thursday).
Staff at the English Heritage run site were alerted to the fact an animal had been left in a vehicle at just before 15:00, prompting a call to Police.
Upon arrival at the former home of Queen Victoria the responding officers decided to smash the vehicle’s window in order to rescue the distressed dog.
Although the window had been left open slightly, the temperature was soaring inside on one of the hottest days of the year so far.
It is alleged that the pet had been left in the vehicle for several hours – around 3-5 hours according to English Heritage staff.
UPDATE – Hampshire Constabulary have confirmed that they attended Osborne House at around 15:00 and smashed a car window to gain access.
Island Echo understands that the dog is now in the care of the RSPCA. The owners have been traced and Police are investigating the incident.
UPDATE FRIDAY – It has been confirmed by the RSPCA that the dog has now been returned to its owners. The animal charity is deciding on whether or not to pursue any action against them.
According to the RPSCA, they cannot take possession of pets unless they are at risk and in need of veterinary treatment. On this occasion the dog is said to have not been harmed.