TWO dogs have allegedly been left sitting in a car on a street in Maryborough for the past three days.
A concerned neighbour who contacted the Chronicle said while the dogs had been taken out of the vehicle periodically, the miniature fox terriers appear to have spent the majority of the time in the car with the windows partially open.
The woman, who asked not to be named, said she had contacted the RSPCA and police in an effort to check on the dogs' welfare.
She said police had made a visit to the owners of the animals and the vehicle but the pets were still in the car during the day.
She said she could hear them barking and howling and it seemed the animals were emotionally, if not physically, distressed.
The neighbour said she had looked inside the car and the dogs had bedding and water, which provided some comfort for the dogs.
But she remained concerned about the welfare of the animals, with temperatures reaching into the early 20s in Maryborough over the past few days.
Temperatures reached 22 degrees in Maryborough on Saturday.
Yesterday, temperatures of 23 degrees were recorded in Maryborough.
Research from the RSPCA shows that even when it is as low as 22 degrees outside, temperatures inside a car can reach up to 47 degrees within an hour.
A spokesman for Maryborough police confirmed they had received a report about the dogs being left in the car.
He said the owners of the animals had told police the animals were in the car so they didn't run out into the street and that they were just visiting.
But as of yesterday afternoon, the neighbour confirmed the dogs were still in the car. "I don't know why anyone would leave them in the car like that," she said.
Signs of heat distress in dogs
Increased body temperature
Rapid or irregular heart rate
Black tarry stools
Sudden breathing distress
Passage of blood in the bowl movement or stool