Dog owner fined after heatwave incident

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A dog owner who left his 10-year-old Labrador stuck in a car for an hour and a half during the summer heatwave was fined £200 at Stranraer Sheriff Court this week.

Pensioner Alistair Macintosh, from Dunscore, pled guilty by letter to leaving the dog in a locked car in Newton Stewart’s Riverside car park on July 20 without shelter from the sun or 
access to water in temperatures of approximately 29 degrees.

A witness said he heard the alarm in the accused’s car going off intermittently 
for around 20 minutes. When he went to investigate why this was happening he found the dog inside the car in a distressed state and contacted the police.

Macintosh returned to find the police on the scene and his car open.

When interviewed, the accused said he had left a passenger window open, adding that he “didn’t realise he had been so long”.