Police have charged a 55-year-old Plainland man with animal cruelty after they rescued a dog from a locked vehicle yesterday.
Around 10.40am on Tuesday, Toowoomba Police were called to attend Margaret Street after receiving reports of a dog left unattended in a vehicle.
“Officers observed the windows of the vehicle to be halfway down and a Labrador in the rear seat footwell,” a Queensland Police Service spokesperson said.
“The dog was showing visible signs of heat stress; panting heavily and drooling excessively, and when removed from the vehicle officers noted the dog’s body was very hot to touch.”
Officers attending the rescue also reported the air inside the vehicle was extremely hot when they placed their arms inside to unlock the doors.
A man returned to the vehicle where he was arrested and later charged in relation to offences of animal cruelty.
He is to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on March 13.
After the dog was provided water at the scene, it was transported back to the Toowoomba Station where it was then placed in the care of the RSPCA.
Posing in a selfie with the pooch, police have issued “a timely reminder to all pet owners” about the dangers of leaving animals in unattended vehicles.
“Temperatures can quickly rise to dangerous levels even when parked in the shade or with windows down,” police added.
If you see an animal left unattended in a vehicle, please call the RSPCA’s hotline on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).