The Scottish SPCA have issued a warning to dog owners not to leave their pets in vehicles during hot weather conditions.
Chief Inspector Paul Anderson said: “We’re very concerned at the number of reports of dogs being left inside cars in the Borders during the hot weather. It’s completely unacceptable to leave a dog in a vehicle in these searing temperatures, even for a short period of time with the windows down. In this kind of heat, even five minutes could be deadly.
“Owners should leave their dogs at home if they are going to be left in the car. When left at home, owners should ensure their dogs have access to fresh water at all times and that there is adequate ventilation in the room. If dogs are being kept outdoors, they must have an area of shelter where they can escape the heat of the sun. Anyone who comes across a distressed dog in a vehicle should contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999 or police.”