A POLICE Inspector has urged the public to take extra care with regards to their pets' wellbeing during the hotter weather.

The call came from Flintshire North Inspector Wesley Williams on Tuesday.

He said: "We want to proactively ensure pets, such as dogs, are not left inside contained spaces like cars.

"This is an appeal to the public to be particularly cautious when taking pets out - make sure they have water and aren't left in a hot car."

Insp Williams' request comes after one similar issued by PC Melanie Smith last week.

The Leader: Flintshire North Inspector Wesley Williams Flintshire North Inspector Wesley Williams (Image: NWP)

She said: "Leaving windows open does not reduce the harm caused to the pet.

"If attending reports of a dog being left in a car and believe it to be suffering, then we have the power to gain entry - by whatever means - to the vehicle in order to save the dog from death by overheating.

"If it is 22 degrees outside, inside a car it can get to 47 degrees within 60 minutes.

"In hot stuffy vehicles, dogs cannot cool themselves down, even with the windows open.

"Heatstroke is likely to be fatal to dogs.

"If you see a dog in a car on a warm day, call 999."