SHOPPERS were left upset and angry after spending half an hour trying to rescue a distressed dog from a hot car in Pinchbeck.
The incident happened in Knight Street at about noon on Thursday – the first day of the unseasonably high temperatures.
One woman, who didn’t want to be named, said the dog was panting heavily, its tongue was lolling out and it was lurching backwards and forwards in the back seat of the car.
She said: “I’d popped into the village to do my shopping and I noticed the dog, which I think was a black Labrador, trapped in the car, very distressed.
“It was a hot day and there were no windows down.
“I was joined by more two women and we went into nearby shops asking if anyone knew whose car it was.
“We couldn’t find out so one woman put a blanket over the car to try to stop the sun.
“Eventually someone rang the hairdresser’s and a man came storming out, accusing us of being busybodies.
“He got into the car and drove off but still didn’t wind the window down.”
The pensioner was left very upset over the situation.
She added: “I’m a dog lover and have had dogs all my life. Everyone knows you don’t leave them in a hot car. If it’s hot, leave them at home.
“I really thought it was going to die, the poor little thing.
“It was horrible to see.”
The women didn’t have the number of the RSPCA to hand, so called the police instead.
The dog’s owner had driven off before the police arrived but one of the women gave the officer the car’s registration number.
A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said they had since visited the man and offered him some advice.
She said the dog was fine and unless the officer had witnessed it in distress there was little they could do.
In light of the warm weather the RSPCA has warned people about the dangers of leaving their dogs to “cook” in hot cars.
Last week the charity received 170 reports from people worried about animals left in hot cars – three times as many calls as the same week last year when the charity answered 50 calls.