Moment scaffolder saves dog from car then confronts ‘arrogant driver’ who left two pets inside despite deadly 90F heatwave
- Scaffolder Danny Cruttwell spotted two dogs inside a hot car outside a shop
- He opened the door and rescued one of the dogs and gave it some water
- Mr Cruttwell was removing the second dog when the owner approached him
- The owner insisted she had only been inside the store for ‘two seconds’
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This is the moment a woman is confronted by a scaffolder who berated her for leaving two dogs in her car as temperatures soared past 90f.
Scaffolder Danny Cruttwell from Crawley, Sussex posted a video of two dogs stuck in a car parked in a car park of a supermarket.
Mr Cruttwell filmed what he was doing as evidence that the dogs were in distress. He gave a running commentary, and said the temperature according to his own car was 33c or 91f.
Scaffolder Danny Cruttwell, left, confronted this woman, right, after she left two dogs in her car while she went shopping despite the temperature being in excess of 90f
Mr Cruttwell filmed the incident and gave a running commentary after seeing the dogs in the car
He said: ‘I was just doing my shopping.’ He pointed towards a car and continued, ‘there’s a little window open and a puppy inside, and a puppy inside. If I was a thief, I’d have had these. I checked the car door, and it opens. So, I’m going to get the little dog out.’
He petted the dog and gave it some water.
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Mr Cruttwell asked the dog whether it was hot. He then asked a member of the public if they would get the dog some water.
He continued: ‘It’s a liberty. If the door wasn’t open I’d smash the window.’
A passer-by arrives with a bottle of water.
Mr Cruttwell, who posted the incident on Facebook, then went back to the car to get the puppy out.
‘Hey, that’s the woman from Jeremy Kyle. You can’t leave your dogs in a car like this.’
The woman, pictured, claimed she had only been in the shop for ‘two seconds’
The woman claimed she was in the store for ‘two seconds’ – even though Mr Cruttwell had been filming for almost three minutes at that stage.
He said: ‘I’ve been in there and bought my stuff and this car was already here. You’re lucky I never smashed your window open. There’s a puppy in there. It’s 33 degrees. Look at that puppy in there. It’s a beautiful dog.’
The dog’s owner claimed Mr Cruttewell was not in the car park when she arrived.
She replied: ‘Excuse me while I’m talking and don’t be such an arrogant pig.’
Mr Cruttwell replied: ‘When I parked here I took a photo. Your car was already here. I’ve got a video.’
The woman responded: ‘What time did you get here?’
She then added: ‘I’ve never been on Jeremy Kyle.’
Owners could face criminal prosecution for leaving their pets in cars on hot days
Despite repeated warnings from the RSPCA and the threat of prosecution, owners are continuing to leave their dogs to ‘cook alive’ in blistering hot cars.
A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When it’s 22C, in a car it can reach 47C within the hour – causing a dog to suffer heatstroke which can lead to death in just 10 minutes.
If a dog dies in a hot car its owner can face six months in prison and an unlimited fine under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
If you see a dog in distress you can call the RSPCA 24-hour cruelty line for advice on 0300 1234 999 but if you feel the dog is in serious danger dial 999.
If you decide to break a window to release the dog you could be charged with criminal damage. You will have to explain you acted with proper justification in court.
Make sure you tell police what you intend to do and why. Take pictures or videos of the dog and the names and numbers of witnesses to the incident.
The law states that you have a lawful excuse to commit damage if you believe that the owner of the property that you damage would consent to the damage if they knew the circumstances.
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