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If an animal left in a car is panting for breath it may be starting to suffer from heatstroke, which can kill an animal very quickly. Dogs can die from heatstroke in a minimum of 20 minutes.
If you are concerned about a dog which appears to be in distress in a car you can contact:
Make a note of the car’s colour, model, make and number plate before you call. If the car is in a shop’s car park ask the shop to page the owner over the intercom.
Further guidance is available from the RSPCA at www.rspca.org.uk