IN THE NEWS: On FEB 14, 2018
A Queensland man has been charged with animal cruelty after a dog was rescued from a locked vehicle.
Police in Toowoomba, west of Brisbane, received calls of a labrador left unattended in a car about 10:40am on Tuesday.
A Queensland Police Service spokesman said officers saw the windows of the vehicle halfway down and the dog in the rear seat footwell.
"The dog was showing visible signs of heat stress; panting heavily and drooling excessively, and when removed from the vehicle officers noted the dog's body was very hot to touch," the QPS spokesman said.
"Attending officers also reported the air inside the vehicle was extremely hot when they placed their arms inside to unlock the doors."
A 55-year-old Plainland man returned to the vehicle where he was arrested and later charged in relation to offences of animal cruelty.
He is due to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on March 13.
The dog was provided water at the scene before being taken to the Toowoomba Station where it was then placed in the care of the RSPCA.
"This is a timely reminder to all pet owners of the dangers of leaving animals in unattended vehicles. Temperatures can quickly rise to dangerous levels even when parked in the shade or with windows down," the QPS spokesman said.
If you see an animal left unattended in a vehicle, please call the RSPCA's hotline on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).