Police in England have reminded people about the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars, after an officer in Wiltshire broke a window of a car to free a distressed dog.

Responding to a call last month about a dog in a parked vehicle, PC Martyn Powell of the Wiltshire Police Department made the decision to smash the window to rescue the dog.

Commenting on the incident, Wiltshire police said: "The temperature within vehicles can more than double in an hour even with the windows are open," noting that "21 degrees Celsius on the day meant that the temperature in the vehicle was in excess of 40 degrees Celsius".

The department quoted PC Powell as saying that "although the windows were opened slightly, the dog didn’t have any water and had become tangled on their lead restricting their movement within the vehicle. I was concerned for the welfare of the dog and I took the decision to smash the window of the car to free the dog."

Having later found the dog’s owner, police said the individual was highly remorseful and agreed to make a symbolic £50 donation to a dog’s charity, The Dog’s Trust.

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