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20 minutes is 20 minutes too long Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 13:20

The current heatwave is a mixed blessing for us humans but for dogs it is utter misery.  We have been appalled to see how many people are walking their dogs in the heat of the day; they simply do not need this.  Walk them first or last thing or, if that's not possible, don't walk them at all.  And despite all the publicity, people are still leaving dogs in cars.  In the last few days officers in Devon and Cornwall have been called to 40 cases - and that's in just two counties!  Yesterday a man from Kent was arrested in Sussex for causing unnecessary suffering to his dog after leaving it for more than four hours at lunchtime.  The police say even 20 minutes is too long, in these temperatures.

And while we are on the subject of cruelty, we were shocked to learn of the owner who had more than 30 dogs living in such appalling conditions that three of them had to be put down.  Margaret Greaves has been banned from keeping dogs for life, sentenced to 12 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months and fined £615.  Is that sufficient punishment for such wanton cruelty?

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