A spokesman for the RSPCA said: “We share people’s concerns for a dog kept in a car in Thamesmead, London and would not recommend these as ideal conditions in which to keep any animal.
“However, while we agree that the situation is not ideal, we have no power to remove a dog.
“The police can only remove the dog once a vet confirms that the animal is suffering or is highly likely to suffer.
“We would like to reassure the public that we will continue to offer advice to the owner and monitor the situation to help ensure this dog’s welfare is not compromised.”Hmmm, not your usual reticence there. I wonder why..?