Here's what you should do if you see a dog locked in a hot car in Milton Keynes

Ask The Police have issued guidance on what you should do if you see a dog locked inside a hot car during the sunny weather in Milton Keynes.

The Police have said that your actions depend on the level of distress being shown by the dog.

It is not advisable to force entry to the vehicle yourself in the first instance. Your first step should be to call the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

If the police don't have time to get there, then you have to decide if you should take action. Make sure you tell the police what you intend to do, why and, where possible, take images/footage of the dog and the names and numbers of witnesses to the incident.

The law states that you have a lawful excuse to commit damage if: "at the time of the act or acts alleged to constitute the offence you believed that the person or persons whom you believe to be entitled to consent to the destruction of or damage to the property in question . . . .would so consent to it if s/he . . . had known of the destruction or damage and its circumstances" (section 5(2)(a) Criminal Damage Act 1971). This legal reference is slightly modified for clarity.

Don't do this unless you are certain of your ground and are prepared to defend your actions at court in the unlikely event any action was taken.

The RSPCA can offer guidance on information on cruelty via their cruelty line at any time on 0300 1234 999.

This article does not constitute legal advice and MKFM is not responsible for any action you take as a result of reading it.