Thu, 13 Aug 2020
HORRIFIED shoppers at Newbury Retail Park watched helplessly, on Monday, as a dog locked inside a car panted for breath, while temperatures outside soared to 34C.
The desperate pooch was saved by quick-thinking William Morris who smashed his way into the front passenger window using the blunt end of an axe.
The Yorkshire terrier was then rescued from the back seat of the VW Golf parked outside Currys PC World.
Samantha Heaver's husband Eddie saw the dog panting in the car parked next to theirs and Mrs Heaver videoed the moment Mr Morris broke the window on his eighth attempt and removed the helpless animal from the boiling hot car.
Mrs Heaver posted the dramatic footage on Facebook, slamming the owners for leaving their dog in the sweltering hot vehicle.
The video has since been viewed more than 30,000 times.
A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: "A member of the public did smash a car window to get a dog out of a car.
"Two of our PCSOs attended, the dog was taken by one of the PCSOs for a check over. The owner of the vehicle returned and was given advice."
You can watch the video here (warning, bad language):