OFFICERS in West Yorkshire had to force their way into a vehicle today to rescue a dog.

Inspector David Harland, of West Yorkshire Police, tweeted about the incident, though it's not known exactly where it happened.

He said: "Officers have just forced entry into a vehicle after seeing a dog left in a vehicle, in this extremely warm weather, appearing in an extremely distressed state.

"Dog is now safe, RSPCA to be contacted and enquiries ongoing to locate and deal with the owner accordingly."

Temperatures in the region are expected to reach 24°C today and 25°C tomorrow.

Here are some tips from the RSPCA for keeping pets cool in hot weather:

  • Never leave animals in hot cars, conservatories, outbuildings or caravans, even if it's just for a short while. Temperatures can quickly rise to 47°C (117°F) which can result in death.
  • Use pet safe sun cream on exposed parts of your pets skin, such as the tips of their ears and nose, to avoid sunburn. 
  • Ensure pets always have access to shade and fresh drinking water to help keep them cool.
  • Check every day for flystrike.
  • Putting ice cubes in your dog or cat's water bowl or making some ice cube treats
  • Damp towels for pets to lie on or an ice pack wrapped in a towel could provide welcome relief from heat
  • Dogs might also enjoy splashing around in a paddling pool