Shocking footage has shown the moment police officers smashed open a car window to rescue a dog locked inside on a swelteringly hot day.

Here's the full story...

By now, we should all know the golden rule about not leaving dogs in cars on hot days.

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While many deem it as okay to leave their dogs in the car while running quick errands, it is actually incredibly detrimental to their health, especially on warm days.

To a dog, a car on a hot day is like a miniature oven...

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A vehicle parked in the sun for just one hour can reach an average cabin temperature of 116 degrees Fahrenheit.

And, in a locked vehicle, a dark dashboard, steering wheel, or seat can often reach staggering temperature ranges of 180-200 degrees.

So, when a dog is locked in one of these hot vehicles with no fresh air or water...

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Their bodies can very quickly overheat.

Dogs are unable to regulate their body temperatures as well as we do.

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They have a very limited number of sweat glands on only their noses and paw pads, which ultimately leaves a vast amount of external and internal surface area unaccounted for.

And, the longer a dog is subjected to intense heat...

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Which can be a case of just ten minutes, the greater the chance that its vital systems will begin to shut down.

So, it doesn't take a genius to work out that you shouldn't be leaving your dog locked in a car on a hot day...

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And, thanks to persistent campaigning, awareness of the issue is higher than ever before.

Animal rights groups such as PETA consistently stress the dangers of leaving animals locked in cars...

Especially with the long queues and waits in stores as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

And, thanks to the internet...

More and more of these careless owners are publicly outed and shamed when they leave their pets in their sweltering vehicles.

However, despite the consistent warnings and growing awareness...

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Owners all over the world are still continuing to leave their pets in unbearably hot conditions for the sake of their own conveniences.

And the latest example took place in Sarasota, Florida.

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Officers from the Sarasota Police Department were captured this week smashing the window of a car near University Parkway in response to reports of a dog being locked inside.

​In the footage, a pit bull can be seen panting inside the sweltering car as officers deliberated their next move.

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One of the police officers can then be heard saying that police have been unable to identify whose car it is and all the doors are locked.

So, having been left with few options, they decide to smash the window.

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One officer can be seen walking to one side of the car to distract the dog locked inside, while another attempts to break the rear window on the opposite side.

After just 3 hits with what appears to be a police baton, the window smashes open.

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And a member of the sheriff's animal services division safely removes the dog from the car.

Since the footage was posted, people have been applauding the officers involved...

And condemning the dog's owner.

You can watch the footage below.

"Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Animal Services told us it was 115° inside the car!" wrote the Sarasota Police Department in the Facebook post. "The owner said he left the car running. He was issued 2 citations by Animal Services."