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Pack of Pomeranians among rescued from locked vehicles

Media Release:  31 January 2014

Pack of Pomeranians among rescued from locked vehicles

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  Some of the 10 Pomeranians rescued by AA Roadservice from a locked car at Whanganui’s South Beach

A carload of Pomeranian dogs is among the 197 emergency calls the Automobile Association attended so far this summer to rescue animals and children from locked cars.

AA Roadservice National Manager John Healy is warning parents and pet owners to be more aware of where their car keys are and not accidentally lock them in their cars with their kids or animals.

“February is often a hot month so it is important people remain vigilant and hold on to their car keys to avoid what can be an easy and dangerous mistake.”

“The temperature inside a car without any ventilation can rise rapidly, and it doesn’t take long before children and pets suffer the effects of heat exhaustion, with its potentially fatal consequences.”

The total volume of rescues between 1 December 2013 and 30 January 2014 is up seven rescues on the same period 12 months ago.

AA Roadservice Officer Evan Forsyth arrived within eight minutes of receiving the call to rescue 10 Pomeranians at South Beach near Whanganui.

“The car had warmed up pretty quickly after it was accidently locked with the dogs inside. Because the dogs were wet from a dip in the ocean during their run on the beach, the windows had steamed up to make it look worse for their poor owners,” he says.

“Although the dogs weren’t yet distressed they were pleased to be let out into the fresh air.  I think I can claim to hold the national record for the most dogs rescued from one car,” says Mr Forsyth.

Mr Healy reminds motorists that if there is an animal or child locked in a vehicle, they do not need to be an AA member to phone for help.  To call the AA for emergency lockout assistance, dial 0800 500 222 or *222 from mobile phones. 

AA members have access to the free AA Roadservice mobile app.  However, for emergency lock out situations, members must phone the AA.


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