TWO dogs have been rescued from a sweltering car by police who said the temperatures inside left two officers struggling for breath.
They were forced to smash the window of a red Kia and pull the two labradors to safety in the car park at York Hospital.
City police said they were ‘utterly appalled’ after the dogs were allegedly left in the car for more than half an hour ‘in the blazing hot sun’.
They tweeted: ‘Officers were in that car for 30 seconds and were struggling to breathe so goodness knows what these poor animals were going through.
‘Do not leave your dog in a hot car on a sunny day! How many warnings do you need?’
The RSPCA was called after the pets had been released on Monday afternoon.
‘The dogs were taken to the vets for treatment for heat exhaustion and now remain in RSPCA care,’ said a spokeswoman for the charity.
‘An investigation has been launched so we cannot comment any further at this time.’