Keeping pets safe in heat

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Pet owners in south east Northumberland are being urged to keep their animals safe in the heat after a rise in calls to the RSPCA.

Pets, wildlife and farm animals are all falling victim to the heatwave, warns the charity, as calls pour in about animals affected by the scorching temperatures.

After receiving a large number of calls to their cruelty line, the RSPCA is reminding people that all animals can suffer during hot weather.

RSPCA pet welfare experd Dr Jane Tyson said: “Hot weather can cause problem for all animals.

“Every summer we urge people to take extra precautions during the heat but sadly our inspectors on the ground are still being faced with distressing situations that could have been avoided.

“Hot cars can be death traps for dogs, but it is really important to remember that other animals may be suffering too.”