The organisation said anyone found guilty of this kind of animal cruelty could face jail time.
People who leave dogs locked in cars could face a hefty fine or jail time, even if the windows are open and it’s in the shade.
Tshwane SPCA spokesperson Korky Levanon added: “Especially in this heat where temperatures inside a car can reach 50ºC. Because your dog cannot regulate its body temperatures, it can induce organ failure, causing the animal’s death.”
She said anyone found guilty of this kind of animal cruelty could face jail time.
“According to the Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962, the maximum penalty, if found guilty of animal cruelty, is R4 000 or 12 months’ imprisonment.”
She also asked people not to buy dogs as Christmas gifts for people who don’t want a pet.
“It is better to ask a person if they want a pet and if they do, the best is to come to the SPCA and adopt a pet, as the adoption fee usually includes sterilisation and microchipping.”
She also urged people going away on holiday to organise someone to look after their dogs. Levanon suggested getting calming medication for dogs in case of fireworks on New Year’s Eve, and keeping dogs inside the house.