A British Bulldog left in a hot car was abandoned at a vets by her owners after she had been taken there following her ordeal.

British Bulldog Daisy was suffering from heatstroke, after being left in the hot car near Truro for two hours just over a week ago. When her owners returned they insisted they hadn’t been gone that long.

Daisy was taken to the vets where she recovered but things went from bad to worse when she was abandoned at the vets as no one returned to claim her.

Falmouth Packet: Daisy was is very flat-facedDaisy was is very flat-faced (Image: K9 Crusaders)

Once the vet had exhausted every legal action to force the owners, thought to be from Devon, to take Daisy back, they handed her over to K9 Crusaders rescue based near Falmouth.

Sue Smith manager of the dog charity said although Daisy is lovely with people she was ‘awful’ with dogs and would have to be treated for that.

She says eventually she hopes to find Daisy a new home but first they will have to tackle her aversion to other dogs and make her more amenable.

“It seems that Daisy had something of a chequered history,” she said. “Nobody wants her. The owners were given fair warning and now the vets have sent her here for rehoming.

"She is lovely with people but awful with other dogs.”

Sue said she wanted the incident to highlight the fact that dogs cool down in very different ways to humans.

She said while humans suffer in high humidity, they can sweat it off all over their bodies, while dogs can only sweat through their paws and by taking in cooler air. If there is no cooler air they cook from the inside.

“I think it is really important, especially as a British Bulldog is flat faced and suffer from breathing issues and struggles for air," she said. 

"She really is a nicely put together dog but her face is really flat, looks like she’s been hit with a frying pan.

Falmouth Packet: Daisy is lovely with people, not so much with other dogsDaisy is lovely with people, not so much with other dogs (Image: K9 Crusaders)

“Dogs can't sweat like humans. Daisy was incredibly lucky to survive her ordeal.”

She said it was only by community support that enabled them to be able to take in dogs in an emergency like this.

“We cannot operate without funds,” she said. “We know times are hard, they are for us, too, but requests for help are through the roof, and the reality is that funds make the wheels go round. Not enough funds-the charity and the work we do grinds to a halt.”

You can find KP Crusaders at https://www.caninecrusaders.org.uk/