Woman calls on others to help animals trapped in hot cars
A HERVEY Bay woman who called the RSPCA and the police when she saw a dog locked in a hot car on Tuesday is encouraging others to do the same.
Rachael Lore was making her way into Pialba Place to do some last-minute Christmas shopping when she noticed a small maltese terrier locked in a dark green station wagon, which was parked beside her car.
The owner of the car had left all four windows rolled down about a quarter of the way and a bowl of water was left for the dog.
"My husband went in to get centre management to call for the owners but obviously they couldn't find them so I called the police and the RSPCA," Rachael said.
"The dog was panting and had vomited, which showed it had heat stroke, and it didn't look very well, it wasn't co-ordinated but you can't do much about it if there's no one there to take the dog out of the car."
About an hour later, a senior constable arrived at the car and issued the owners a warning on their return.
"It seems like in Australia it's perfectly fine to keep your dog in the car, it's not okay if it's your kid but if it's a dog it's fine," she said.
"A life is a life."
She said she was pushing for others to act as she did.
"Yes, absolutely people should get help if they see something like this," she said.
"If I didn't do anything the dog would have died ... it was like an oven in there."
Rachael said she had worked in animal rescue before and said she would have felt the dog's fate was her fault if she had not helped.
"If I had had waited longer, I would have been personally responsible," she said.
Rachael said she would have tried to get the dog out of the car herself if it had been left any longer.
"I wouldn't recommend smashing a window because you're liable for that but I wouldn't hesitate to do that if there was no other option, if police hadn't come," Rachael said.