Police are investigating an incident which saw a dog die after a hired walker forgot the pooch was in her car boot and left for a cruise.
A Sydney woman, 46, went to rescue her dog at 5.30pm on Tuesday when the dog had not been returned home.
It is understood that since 11am, the dog had been left unattended in a vehicle owned by a dog walking company at Rose Bay in Sydney.
"I’m really sorry, I think I left your dog in my car,” the dog walker said via text message to the owner, reports Nine News.
According to Nine News, the dog walker is believed to have left the dog in the car after embarking on a cruise.
The RSPCA has been informed of the incident and police are investigating.
Police have also issued a reminder that it is an offence to leave children or pets in a hot car, even if the air-conditioning is on.