Sydney Heatwave: Pet Warning Follows Dog’s Death in Car

POLICE have urged the public never to leave pets in cars on hot days after a dog died while locked in a vehicle in Rose Bay yesterday.

Police have been told a dog walker left a four-year-old dog, believed to be a Keeshond, inside a car on Old South Head Road about 11am.

The dog’s owner, a 46-year-old woman, became concerned when her dog had not been returned home.

About 5.30pm, the owner located the car and found her dog had died.

Officers from Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command is investigating and the RSPCA has been notified.

Police are reminding the public that not only is it an offence for children or pets to be left unattended in a vehicle, even with the air conditioning on, but it can be deadly.

Anyone who finds a child or pet located in a vehicle should call Triple Zero (000).

AUSGRID will cancel maintenance on its electricity network as Sydney enters the second day of a scorching heatwave.

The dog that died is believed to have been a Keeshond, a breed of German origin with a plush, two-layer coast.

When the mercury hits 40C, Ausgrid workers will put down their tools and Ausgrid emergency crews have been prepped for deployment in the event of power outages.

Ausgrid chief operating officer Trevor Armstrong said extreme weather conditions resulted in an increase in demand for electricity.

“Our emergency crews are ready to respond if there are any unplanned interruptions to the power supply to our customers,” Mr Armstrong said.

“We understand any outage to our customers is inconvenient and our focus is on safely restoring power in these situations as quickly as possible.”


Temperatures are expected to reach peaks of 37C in Sydney today and the Bureau of Meteorology predicts temperatures to soar above 40C tomorrow.

Energy outages can be life-threatening for people relying on a power source for life-support technology.

Mr Armstrong said specialist crews were contacting vulnerable customers in areas expected to exceed 37C.

“We are also talking to life support and medical customers in areas where works are planned and where temperatures are forecast to reach 37C to ensure they are kept up to date and have the information they need,” Mr Armstrong said.

The car warning follows a reminder to pet owners around Sydney who may be planning on leaving animals at home while they go to work.

“The temperatures are getting to extreme this week in many places across Australia,” Pet Insurance Australia spokeswoman Nadia Crighton told The Daily Telegraph.

“Dogs and cats die very quickly from heatstroke unless it is treated immediately.

“It’s imperative that people consider their pets to prevent any sickness due to the heat.

“If you have a pet that does struggle in the heat, this week please be extra vigilant in regard to their comfort and safety.”

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High to Very High fire danger across most of  today. So if a bush or grass fire was to start today what would be your plan? Good idea to review and discuss your bush fire survival plan today.  

Owners are being encouraged to leave extra water out for pets and provide shaded areas or cool rooms.

Seven minor bush and grass fires have broken out across the state, including a blaze at Crescent Head near Port Macquarie. Rural Fire Service crews have all fires currently under control.

The Bureau of Meteorology has released a warning to NSW residents that a “low to severe intensity heatwave” will continue across the state until Friday.

A cold front will provide Sydney with relief on Friday morning, sending temperatures plummeting to 25C.