Horrified shoppers spotted a pair of French bulldogs locked in a silver van in Basildon town centre on Wednesday as temperatures neared 30 degrees.
Barking was also heard from another van in a town centre car park, off Great Oaks and opposite Basildon Fire Station, at 11.30am on Wednesday.
Concerned residents called the police immediately but have claimed they were initially told it was not a police matter.Strange. Charities keep telling us it is:
Other police forces keep telling us it is:
Two hours later, as the situation worsened, Essex Police officers and fire crews attended, with firefighters managing to force the van’s door open.How did the situation 'worsen' exactly?
One witness, who asked not to be named, said: “I saw the dogs and told the car park attendant.
“We stayed with the dogs but after two calls to police they said it wasn’t a police matter.
“A paramedic came over and she also stayed with us and her and another lady rang the police.
“I think they realised they had to send somebody then.”Ah. I see. It was when the idle bastards realised how it'd play in the media if the dogs died and a whole queue of people lined up to give their story...
Essex Police failed to provide a comment when contacted by the Echo.I expect the PR manager was hiding in the toilet, sobbing...