Don’t leave pets in cars, says police


Pakenham Police responded to a call from a concerned member of the public that a dog had been left unattended in a locked crate in the rear of a ute canopy on Saturday 9 October.

Police said members located the dog, who did not have any water, and arranged for a drink, some fresh air and lots of pats.

Upon speaking to the registered owner it was revealed that the dog had been left there for more than two hours while they were at a nearby park.

The owner was spoken to about their pet ownership responsibilities and the pup was let out of the vehicle to join his family at the park.

Police said it is a timely reminder that children, the elderly and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles, regardless of the weather conditions.

Temperatures in cars can rise quickly and this can lead to serious health issues.

Members of the public are encouraged to report sightings of children, elderly or pets locked in cars to 000.