Man smashes car window to save puppy right in front of police
A man who smashed a stranger’s car window to save a puppy has been told his actions were lawful.
The unnamed rescuer told police officers he would break into the vehicle if they didn’t act after noticing the ‘distressed’ animal.
So when he returned to an unchanged scene in the centre of Swindon, Wiltshire, he decided to take charge, shattering the glass and scooping the dog out.
PSCOs later decided that the man would not face punishment after calming down the car’s owner, deeming his actions lawful.
Pictures show the dog reunited with its owner and broken glass strewn on the floor beside the car.
Officers were alerted to the incident at around 10am after receiving reports that a 14-week-old terrier was in distress.
It’s claimed the dog’s owner parked up and went to do some shopping, leaving the pet inside the hot car.
Officers looked after the dog until the unnamed man returned to find the window of his blue Mercedes smashed.
The attending PCSOs and a representative from the RSPCA issued the owner with a formal warning over the incident.
Speaking at the scene, Inspector Steph Daly said: ‘People just don’t think it’s going to happen to them.
‘They think ‘oh I’ll be alright, I’m only going to be five minutes’, but with what’s going on in the world at the moment, we have to queue for the supermarkets.
‘You know your trip is going to take longer.
‘People are animal lovers, and if they see something they’re not happy with, they’ll take action.
‘At the end of the day, the RSPCA advise people not to leave their dog in the car full stop.
It might be 20 degrees outside, but it could be up to 38-40 degrees inside the car.
‘What I say to people is: sit in a car yourself for five or ten minutes with no windows open and no air conditioning on and see how long you can last.
‘We can sweat though, dogs can’t. If you take that risk of leaving your dog in a car, then to me you’re being reckless.
‘You’re not deliberately trying to hurt your animal, but that’s still committing an offence.’