A man from Cornwall, England is making headlines around the world after recording himself "rescuing" a dog from a hot car.
Clive Oxley was eating lunch when he first noticed the dog in the back of a Kia. The car, parked beside a laundromat, had been sitting in the sun for an hour and a half, according the the parking meter.
Oxley claims the dog was "minutes from death," lying on its back with its paws in the air. With no one else willing to help, Oxley took drastic measures to protect the animal.
According to Oxley, the car was so warm that he couldn't even leave his hand on the roof.
"I rang the police and they said not to do anything unless it was distressed," he told Cornwall Live.
"The dog was lying on its back with its tongue hanging out. It couldn't breathe. There was no way I was leaving it."
Around 10 minutes after he filmed the rescue, the police and the dog's owner arrived. The woman, who had been in a nearby pizza restaurant, screamed at Oxley for damaging her car, but he stands by his decision.
Cornwall's police also say he did the right thing, explaining that "police have the right to break the window of a car to free the animal if they believe that a dog is in distress. If a member of public sees a dog in a car in a warm day please call the police immediately and we will advise from there."
Click the next page to learn what experts say about situations like this.
Every year, hundreds of animals die in situations just like this. As temperatures get warmer, careless owners think they can get away with leaving their pet inside for a few minutes, without realizing how warm their vehicles get.
Britain's Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Aimals (RSPCA) warns that a car can become "hot as an oven" even in milder temperatures.
"When it's [71 degrees] in a car it can reach an unbearable [116 degrees] within the hour." As you can see from this video, not even a pro athlete can stand up to temperatures like this:
If you notice a pet left in a hot car, experts say you should monitor the situation and call the authorities before taking action yourself
Signs to look out for include panting, drooling and unconsciousness. These could indicate that the animal is having trouble breathing, or is dehydrated.
While you may think leaving the AC on is enough to protect your pet, don't take chances with their life.
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