The Scottish SPCA has made an appeal to motorists not to leave dogs in hot cars.

The animal welfare charity said that every year their animal helpline receives hundreds of calls about dogs being left in cars during the summer months.

The SSPCA said: “Many people are under the impression that it doesn’t get hot enough in Scotland to cause any real distress to animals. We’re here to tell you that it does.

“Dogs are unable to sweat, and can only cool down by panting. Leaving your dog in your car, even with the windows down, can cause your dog to not only overheat but in some cases, die.

“Where possible, we urge you to leave your dog at home. Even on overcast days temperatures within a car can soar.”

The SSPCA has asked that you report any incidents of where you see a dog trapped in a hot car.

The SSPCA added: “If you see a dog in distress please call our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999. If you’d like to share our message you can request a poster from us at”