Thames Valley Police issue warning to dog owners: "We will not hesitate to smash your windows" if you leave dogs in hot cars
Our police force has issued the warning in the wake of an extended hot period of weather.
They have said dog owners shouldn't leave them inside hot cars, for even five minutes, to protect their safety.
They said: "Remember, never leave your dog in a car unattended, even for 5 minutes whilst you pop into the shop.
"Dogs die in hot cars.
"We will not think twice about smashing your car windows.
"We will not think twice about prosecuting you for abuse.
"If you see a dog left in a car on a hot day, call 999 immediately."