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Wales road signs warn of hot car dangers for dogs
RSPCA public affairs and media manager Chris O'Brien with Jayne Bryant AM following the Welsh Government's announcement.

RSPCA Cymru and Jayne Bryant AM celebrate welcome move

Wales has become the first country in the United Kingdom to utilise Variable Message Signs on motorways to highlight the dangers of leaving dogs inside hot cars.

The move follows RSPCA Cymru and Welsh Assembly member Jayne Bryant raising the issue with Ken Skates, minister for economy and transport. In a letter to Ms Bryant, Mr Skates writes:

“My officials have confirmed that the message CEIR POETH YN LLADD CWN/DOGS DIE IN HOT CARS is now available to be used on the Variable Message Signs, and today is the first day we have issued this warning on the signs…the message will be continued to be shown during high temperatures at appropriate times.”

RSPCA Cymru said the result is “great news for dogs” and urges members of the public to call 999 if they see a dog in distress inside a warm vehicle.

“Now, during spells of warm weather, countless motorists will be warned about the dangers of leaving a dog in a hot car,” said Chris O’Brien, RSPCA public affairs and media manager. 

“This can be damaging and even fatal – and getting the message out to dog owners in this way will be so helpful in keeping many canine companions out of these very risky and dangerous situations.

“We want Wales to become a nation where dog owners never to leave their pet unattended in a parked or stationary vehicle.”

Jayne Bryant AM said: “I’m really pleased that the Welsh Government has listened to concerns raised by people across the county. Recent hot weather has reminded us of the dangers of leaving dogs in cars, even for a short period of time.

“Owners who do this often do it without thinking. Awareness raising measures are extremely important and a simple sign can make all the difference.”


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Endangered turtles rescued from smugglers

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 A group of endangered turtles have found a new home at London Zoo after being rescued from smugglers.

The four big-headed turtles arrived at the zoo at the end of last year, after smugglers tried to illegally import them to Canada, labelled as toys.

One of the turtles, named Lady Triệu after a Vietnamese warrioress, has moved to a new exhibit in the zoo’s reptile house. She is the only one of her kind in a UK zoo.

Big-headed turtles have such large heads that they cannot pull them back into their shells. To compensate, they have armour plating from head to tail and a very sharp beak to fend off predators. They are ranked number 18 on ZSL’s EDGE of Existence reptile list, which puts threatened species at the forefront of conservation action. Image © ZSL  

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