A DOG has sadly died after being left locked in a hot car in Sydney, triggering a warning to all pet owners.
It’s understood a dog walker left the four-year-old dog, believed to be a Keeshond similar to the one pictured, inside a car on Old South Head Road at Rose Bay around 11am on Tuesday.
The dog’s owner, a 46-year-old woman, eventually found her beloved pet dead inside her dog walker’s car around 5.30pm, more than six hours later.
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The woman called police who in turn, after investigating the matter, notified the RSPCA.
As the weather heats up, police are reminding the public that not only is it an offence for children or pets to be left unattended in a vehicle, even with the air conditioning on, but it can also have fatal consequences.
Anyone who finds a child or pet located in a vehicle should call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting temperatures to soar past 30 degrees across NSW, with parts of western Sydney expected to reach 40 degrees.