A MAN has been charged with animal cruelty after police were called to rescue a dog from a locked car in Toowoomba.
Officers said the Labrador was showing visible signs of heat stress; panting heavily and drooling excessively from being locked in the vehicle on Margaret Street around 10.40am on Tuesday.
Toowoomba Police said the windows of the vehicle were halfway down and the Labrador was found in the rear seat footwell.
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“When removed from the vehicle officers noted the dog’s body was very hot to touch,” Qld police said in a statement.
“Attending officers also reported the air inside the vehicle was extremely hot when they placed their arms inside to unlock the doors.”
The dog was given water at the scene before being taken to the Toowoomba Station where it was then placed into the care of the RSPCA.
A 55-year-old man was arrested after returning to his vehicle. He has since been charged in relation to offences of animal cruelty and is due to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on March 13.
The incident has prompted police to issue a reminder to all pet owners of 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.”