The shopper opens the car window to free the dog that has been brooding for more than 30 minutes
- Zoey Thornton saw a pet in the car in Tesco’s parking lot in Fforestfach, Swansea
- Shoppers asked Tesco, Home Bargains and Poundland to make an announcement
- Clip then has the man jump through the car window after smashing it to save the dog
Shoppers opened a car window to rescue a dog that had stayed inside for at least half an hour as temperatures rose to 72F this weekend.
Passers-by had noticed the pet on Sunday at a Tesco parking lot in Fforestfach, Swansea, with the front window slightly open.
But concerned about the animal’s welfare, and after asking Tesco, Home Bargains, and Poundland to send PA announcements to try to find the owners, the people in the parking lot decided to smash the window to free the dog .
Zoey Thornton, 29, who captured footage of the incident this weekend, claimed the dog was “ at least 30 minutes ” alone in the vehicle.
Concerned customers had spotted a dog in a car in a Tesco parking lot on a scorching day in Fforestfach, Swansea on Sunday and slammed into the window (photo) to save it
Ms. Thornton, who lives in Mayhill, said she put her shopping bags in the car when she saw a woman nearby looking concerned.
“We went to see if everything was fine and it turned out the dog was inside, it was really hot,” she said.
“The window was a little open, but we were there at least half an hour before any action was taken.”
She added, “It’s been long enough for a dog to overheat in a car.”
In the clip, a man is seen jump into the car through the window after smashing it in to get the dog, who was ‘panting quite a bit’.
The shoppers then try to water the pet and place it in the shade.
“We announced in Tesco, Home Bargains and Poundland that the owner would come to the car, but no one came out,” said Ms. Thornton. “We called the police and they showed up before the owners arrived.
After taking the dog (photo) out of the car in a heat of 72F (22C), customers tried to water it and put it in a shady spot
Zoey Thornton, 29, who captured footage of the incident this weekend, claimed the dog was “ at least 30 minutes ” alone in the vehicle
The dog was panting quite heavily. The people who noticed it first said they were there 10 to 15 minutes before we got there.
“We smashed the window just before the police arrived because it was getting too long. We just thought this was the next option as the car got warmer.
“I have dogs myself and I wouldn’t leave them in the car. I just want people to be aware that they don’t leave their dogs in the car in hot weather. ‘
South Wales police said the owner was getting ‘advice’ because they asked anyone who noticed a dog in distress to call emergency services.
A South Wales police spokeswoman said: “We received reports of a dog in a car in Fforestfach at around 2:30 PM on May 31.
Officers were present and the dog had already been released from the car. The owner was located and received advice.
“We want to remind people that dogs can die in hot cars. If you see a dog in need, please call us at 101 or 999 in an emergency – more information is available at https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/dogs/health/dogsinhotcars. ‘