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Puppy dies after being locked in hot car in Fermanagh

Last night the PSNI said that two people were helping with their enquiries into the incident
Last night the PSNI said that two people were helping with their enquiries into the incident

By Staff Reporter

A pet puppy died yesterday after being left in a car in the scorching Co Fermanagh heat.

Last night the PSNI said that two people were helping with their enquiries into the incident.

The dog - a husky puppy - had been left locked in a parked car in the Wellington Road area of Enniskillen.

Police were called, but before they arrived a passer-by smashed one of the car windows in a bid save the distressed pup, which was having a fit because of the intense heat inside the closed vehicle.

The distressed animal was rushed to a local vet, but was pronounced dead.

On her Facebook page, Ballinamallard woman Dorota Kwasniewska described what happened.

"In the parking lot next to the bus station in Enniskillen, the owner of the black Audi has left a young dog, a husky puppy, about six months old I think, in the back of the car," she posted.

"Windows closed!

"The dog could barely take a breathe and in such a hot day the temperature in the car is even higher!

"It's good that someone noticed that the dog is dying.

"The police were called because the owner could not be found, but before the police arrived, the dog was already dying. Someone broke the glass of the back window to save the dog, water was given to him, but the dog did not respond."

Dorota, who is originally from Wroclaw in Poland, said: "How can someone be so thoughtless?

"The owner should get a ban on having dogs, a big penalty or even put in a jail!

"No one would leave a child or other human being in a hot car, why then a dog?

"Some people have no conscience or a sense of responsibility!

"How can you leave your dog in such a hot weather for a certain death?

"Human stupidity and ignorance knows no limits!"

Dozens of angry dog lovers hit out at the dog's owners, among them, Enniskillen woman Amy Gow, who posted: "What an idiot! Poor dog!

"My heart breaks for the animals that have to put up with such stupid people!"

Earlier this month, police in Fermanagh appealed to pet owners not to leave dogs in cars after a dog was left inside a vehicle during the Enniskillen 100 road races as temperatures soared to 25C.

The PSNI said at the time: "Please folks, think before walking away and leaving a pet in a car in these temperatures."

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