A DOG suffering from heat exhaustion after being left in a car on a sweltering summer day in far north Queensland has had to be euthanised.
Police were called to the car at around 11am yesterday after bystanders saw two dogs, a male and a female, inside a red sedan, parked in full sunlight in the Cairns CBD.
The dog's owner had left them there while he attended court.
Yesterday the 60-year-old was also charged with two counts of animal cruelty.
The Cairns Post reported an onlooker tried to give water to the animals through a small gap in the window before council arrived to free them at the request of police.
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Dogs left in hot car
*WARNING: DISTRESSING VIDEO*A dog with heat exhaustion has had to be euthanised after being left in a car on a hot day in Cairns.The owner is facing criminal charges. Story in 7 News at 6pm.Video credit: The Cairns Post.#7News #CairnsPosted by 7 News Queensland on Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Council chief executive Peter Tabulo said the male was showing "clear signs" of heat exhaustion.
"Both were taken immediately to the vet and unfortunately at the pound later on, the male dog was euthanised from heat exhaustion," Mr Tabulo said.
"The female dog is still in care."
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