A DRIVER has been left furious after their car window was smashed to pieces – they claim by a well-meaning citizen attempting to rescue a TOY dog.
An anonymous Facebook post details how a furious parent who left their daughter’s toy dog in the car during the recent heatwave returned to find their car window smashed to bits.
The post, on the Spotted Weston-super-Mare Facebook group reads: “I returned to my car after leaving it for 20 minutes to do some shopping to find someone has smashed the back window in as they thought my daughter’s plush toy dog was a real dog trapped in the heat.
“How can you be this stupid?
“Shame on you.”
However, Somerset Live reports that the majority of comments backed the window-smasher, not the moaning Facebook user.
One man said: “I would have done the same thing – that does look quite life-like.”
A woman added: “Well done to the person who did it thinking it was a real dog, be thankful people care.”
A third person posted: “I don’t blame them – it’s an honest mistake.
“Next time don’t leave the dog in view making people think it’s real.”
One funny user parodied the original post, writing: “I returned to my car after leaving it for 20 minutes to do some shopping to find someone has smashed the back window in as I left a realistic looking dog plush toy in the window and it’s the hottest day of the year.
“How can I be so stupid?
“Shame on me.”
During the recent heatwave, temperatures peaked at 38.7C – Britain’s hottest day ever.
According to Somerset Live, a small dog also had to be rescued from a parked car by police in Plymouth on the same day, after being left inside for more than two hours.
However, despite the hellish temperatures Brits across the country still cruelly locked their pets in baking cars even though the risks are incredibly high.
Even in normal weather, a car can quickly become “as hot as an oven”.
The RSPCA’s website warns: “Many people still believe that it’s OK to leave a dog in a car on a warm day if the windows are left open or they’re parked in the shade, but the truth is, it’s still a very dangerous situation for the dog.
“A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn’t feel that warm.”
According to the RSPCA, Britons could end up with a criminal record if something happens to their dog after it’s left alone in a car.
It is not illegal to leave a pet unattended in a vehicle.
But if the animal becomes ill or dies as a result, you could be charged with animal cruelty.
If convicted under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, drivers can be jailed for six months and slapped with an unlimited fine.