Never safe to leave pets in cars

RACQ has sent a strong warning to motorists not to leave their pets in cars, with temperatures set to soar during a hot summer.

The state’s peak motoring body revealed its patrols had rescued 663 pets accidently locked inside vehicles this year – an average of two a day.

RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said there was never a safe time to leave an animal in a car, even for a few minutes.

“Often pets get trapped in the car when owners make a quick trip to the shops but the reality is temperatures don’t discriminate. In as little as seven minutes, the car cabin can reach more than 40 degrees,” Ms Ritchie said.

“RACQ testing shows window tinting, the colour of the car or winding the windows down has little effect on temperature.”

Ms Ritchie said Saturday was typically the busiest day for animal rescues by RACQ, with 9am-12pm the peak time for callouts.

“Accidental lock-ins happen very easily, but the safest way to avoid it happening with your pet or child is to never leave them inside the car alone,” she said.

To view a video about the dangers of leaving a pet locked inside a vehicle visit here.