There’s a post currently circulating on social media, indicating that Gardai are encouraging the smashing of car windows to rescue trapped animals. The message being shared is a hoax / false, and Gardai are encouraging the public NOT to follow the instructions on the post.
The post states:
"The Garda are now saying if you see a dog locked in a car in hot weather, take a picture of the dog and the car. If someone is with you, get them to bring up the weather for your area on their phone so you can screen shot the temp, then break the car window. This way, you will not be charged with criminal damage and it gives the police photo evidence to take the dog owners to court. Can everyone please copy and paste this information to prevent this cruel act from happening? Summer is coming!l Please don't just share this post. By copying and pasting all YOUR contacts will see it too. If you share someone's status only your mutual friends will see it. Don't let animals suffer."
With the spell of good weather we’re currently experiencing, we’re going to see more and more occurrences of animals (and unfortunately sometimes children) left unattended in vehicles. It’s always best to inform the gardai before taking any action.
If you are concerned for any animal (or child’s) welfare in a locked vehicle, contact your local Garda Station.