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Dog Left In QLD Car On Scorching Hot Day Dies

A dog has died after allegedly being left in a scorching car by a man who attended a far north Queensland court.

Two dogs, a male and female, were found distressed by members of the public as temperatures soared into the mid-30s in Cairns on Wednesday.

Police say their rescue efforts were hampered when one of the dogs acted aggressively.

Channel 7 posted this video to their Facebook page of the incident.

Dogs left in hot car

*WARNING: DISTRESSING VIDEO*A dog with heat exhaustion has had to be euthanised after being left in a car on a hot day in Cairns.The owner is facing criminal charges. Story in 7 News at 6pm.Video credit: The Cairns Post.#7News #Cairns

Posted by 7 News Queensland on Wednesday, January 6, 2016

But officers managed to give the animals water through a small window opening before local council officers arrived.

Both dogs were taken to a vet surgery for treatment but the male was euthanised due to heat exhaustion.

RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said temperatures inside the car would have likely hit 50C within 15 minutes.

He said a closed car could be dangerous even with a window down.

"Just don't do it (leave dogs in cars)," he told AAP.

"Heat stress isn't a pleasant way to die, at all."

A 60-year-old man was charged with two counts of animal cruelty and will appear in Cairns Magistrate Court on January 22.


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