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With thousands of people expected to take to the roads this summer holiday, animal rescue charity National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) is reminding people of their responsibilities when it comes to dog travel following a survey of owners.

One of the biggest reminders is about leaving dogs in hot cars. At 22 degrees outside, a car interior can reach 47 degrees within an hour. An open window or parking in shade are not reliable ways to keeping your dog cool and comfortable.

Under the Animal Welfare Act owners have a duty of care towards their animals to protect them and prevent suffering which includes not exposing them to extremes of temperature. If a dog is left in a car on a warm day and suffers harm, owners could be at risk of prosecution.

The second reminder is around keeping dogs safe while travelling. NAWT found that 1 in 5 dogs would be unprotected in the event...

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