Nottinghamshire Police Net PETA Award for Saving Dog from Hot Car

For Immediate Release:
20 July 2016

Olivia Jordan +44 (0) 2078376327, ext 229; [email protected]

Officers Smash Window to Free Dog From Sweltering Vehicle

Nottingham – Courtesy of PETA, a Compassionate Action Award is on its way to the Nottinghamshire Police after two officers freed a dog from a sweltering parked car in Bulwell on Monday. As outdoor temperatures climbed to nearly 30 degrees – and the heat inside the car rapidly reaching even higher temperatures – police officers smashed the car’s window to rescue the terrier, named Gizmo, whose guardian was nowhere to be found. After being given water and a place to cool down, Gizmo was reunited with his guardian, who was given a strong verbal warning about the dangers of keeping dogs in cars on hot days.

“If these police officers hadn’t stepped in, this little dog could have experienced an agonising death”, says PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi. “Every summer, many dogs face horrific, preventable deaths in hot cars, and that’s why PETA calls on bystanders to act quickly when a animal is left inside a car during hot weather – even if the windows are cracked.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – joins the Nottinghamshire Police in reminding all dog guardians never to leave any animal inside a parked car. On a 26-degree day, the temperature inside a shaded car is roughly 32 degrees, and the inside of a vehicle parked in the sun can reach 70 degrees in a matter of minutes.

The Nottinghamshire Police will receive a framed certificate and a box of delicious vegan chocolates. For more information, please visit