Pet owners warning after dog left inside hot car in Enniskillen
Police have insisted that the owner of a dog which was left inside a scorching hot car in Co Fermanagh has been "dealt with appropriately" following an online backlash.
The PSNI launched a public appeal to track down the owners of "a lovely little dog" that was left inside a vehicle during the Enniskillen 100 road races on Saturday as temperatures soared to 25C.
"Thankfully concerned members of the public alerted us and the dog is now being looked after by officers near Connolly's Bar, Arney," a Facebook post stated.
It later emerged that the owner had been unable to return to their car after a rider crashed and the road was closed.
Shortly after appealing for the owner to make urgent contact with police, a social media update confirmed the pooch was in good health.
"This dog has been checked over and he's fine," police wrote. "Could have been a different story!"
However, social media users were appalled that the animal had been returned to the person responsible for leaving it in sauna-like conditions.
"The owner of this dog has been tracked down and dealt with appropriately," a police update confirmed.
Last night a PSNI spokesperson explained that the owner had left the vehicle for five minutes when a racer crashed his motorbike nearby.
"An accident meant the road had to be closed by police," they said. "Officers have spoken to the owner and believe that they were unable to return to their vehicle - that being the case no further action has been taken.
"People can be prosecuted and fined for similar offences but on this occasion advice and guidance was given."
Officers have used the incident to warn all drivers to think about how they treat their pets on hot summer days. "Please folks, think before walking away and leaving a pet in a car in these temperatures," they wrote on Facebook. "This could have had a much worse outcome."
It comes after the hottest day of the year was recorded in Castlederg on Friday, when the mercury soared to 25.6C.
However, Met Office forecaster Sarah Kent said the week ahead will feel slightly fresher as temperatures dip to 17C today.
"Cloud and patchy rain should clear away by midday and any wind should also ease," she said.
"Temperatures will dip into single figures overnight but will climb to 18C on Tuesday afternoon and 19C on Wednesday with sunny spells but the risk of one or two showers."