Organizers of the dog show have been criticized for holding their outdoor event yesterday despite sweltering temperatures and health warnings.
The heat reached 29C amid health warnings issued by the RSPCA and an orange weather warning for extreme heat in Dorset announced by the Met Office – but the Bournemouth Championship Dog Show got underway anyway.
While other shows in the Dorset area have canceled the canine elements of their events, the Bournemouth Canine Association has decided to go ahead with their annual event.
Consequently, owners and their pets were seen forced to shelter under marquees without any air conditioning during the event.
Prior to the dog show, outraged and concerned locals and animal experts had already expressed concern for the health of canines during a competition during a heat wave.
In the backlash, members of the public have taken to social media to brand those involved as selfish, stupid and ashamed for stepping forward.
Temperatures hit 29C amid health warnings issued by the RSPCA and an orange weather warning for extreme heat in Dorset announced by the Met Office – but the Bournemouth Championship Dog Show got underway anyway
Before the dog show was held, outraged and worried locals and animal experts had already expressed concern for the health of the canines (pictured is not one of the competitors) during a competition during a wave heat.
On Thursday, the organizers posted on Facebook: “We are all ready to welcome you tomorrow for our first Open Show and the Championship Show on Saturday. The show is definitely NOT canceled!!!
“We have a nice cooling breeze and lots of shaded areas. We will also have fresh water baths for your dogs to have a paddle (or you if you like!).’
Angry pet owners took to the comments section, exploding the event for being “stupid, selfish and irresponsible”.
One wrote: ‘There is now an Amber warning by the Met Office of Extreme Heat of 36 degrees hopefully it won’t be so hot years ago I nearly losing my champion dog at a Welsh KC Championship Show to heat exhaustion. Never again would I take a dog out in extreme heat for a piece of cardboard.
Another said: ‘Dogs can still suffer from heatstroke even in the shade, if the shade is in the form of marquees there will be no breeze in them.
“It’s up to the individual whether they take their dog, but putting your dog at risk for your own vanity and ego to possibly win a show class is sheer stupidity and selfishness!”
A third added: “Absolutely appalled the Bournemouth dog show is going on in this heat.
“I hope animal welfare and vets will be available to deal with potential disasters. And don’t blame me, please, these tents are like ovens no matter how many shutters are open.
Owners and their pets were seen forced to take shelter in marquees with no air conditioning at the event
Under intense fire, the dog show tried to justify its position, explaining “the show is not on the tarmac” and that it has facilities such as cool baths on site for animals attending the show. ‘event.
Meanwhile, Ellingham Show announced earlier this week that it was asking people not to bring their dogs to the event yesterday and had removed all dog shows from their schedule following advice from the RSPCA.
The Christchurch Carnival also canceled its dog show on Sunday due to similar concerns.
The prestigious dog show at Fyfield Village and Church Fete near Andover, Hants, was another event canceled yesterday due to the heat.
It’s usually one of the main features of the village fete, with dog owners bringing their pets for miles around.
The decision was made ‘for the well-being and safety of our furry creatures’ after the temperature was expected to reach 34C while the rest of the party unfolded.
The competition was supposed to last 30 to 40 minutes, but it would have taken place when the sun was strongest.
Yesterday one of the party organisers, Phil Boyes, pointed out: ‘We had to cancel the dog show. It was because of the warmth and professional advice given to us by a veterinarian.
Under intense fire, organizers of the Bournemouth Championship Dog Show have tried to justify their position, stressing that “the show is not on the tarmac” and that they have facilities such as cool baths on site for the animals participating in the event.
Meanwhile, dog owners who planned to attend were quick to defend the decision and commented in defense of the show’s organizers.
One remarked: “The shows take place in Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Africa, etc. all the time. As many have said above…everyone knows their own dog.
“If you don’t want to go, don’t go!” Don’t blame the people for going there or the hard working committee that puts on these shows…they do it for free!
While another said: ‘I will make sure my daughter is kept cool with a cool coat, coolmat and frozen water bottles in her crate, I will also make sure she has plenty to drink .
“Most people showing have a lot more common sense than your usual pet owner in the heat, so please don’t blame us for doing something we and our dogs enjoy.”
And another added: “There’s a very clear answer to those who think it’s wrong: just don’t go and let everyone have common sense to make sure their dogs are taken care of. cool and comfortable as I have seen at the shows recently.
“Worry about pets walking their dogs on sidewalks, worry about dogs locked in hot houses – not people used to looking after the welfare of their dogs at all times!!!!! “
Esme Wheeler, RSPCA dog welfare expert, said: ‘We are concerned to hear that dog shows are taking place during the heatwave and urge organizers to prioritize dog welfare and consider to rearrange or cancel.
“The hot weather has gone from glorious to extreme, and we cannot stress enough the vital importance of pet owners taking the situation seriously.
“This means limiting or skipping walks, only taking very essential car journeys, leaving water available at all times and preparing wet and cold towels and mats and frozen treats.
“We are still getting reports of dogs being left in cars and many dogs being taken to busy outdoor events like festivals, shows and parties, and to the beach.
“Don’t be that person who drags their panting dog down the sidewalk or hangs around a show. Please leave them at home in a cool place where they will be safe.
‘Knowing how to try to prevent heatstroke, and also how to spot the signs of heatstroke in pets could be a matter of life and death, so we urge anyone with a pet – that they whether it’s a dog or a cat, a rabbit or a guinea pig, and even chickens, horses and exotic animals – so set aside some time today to read and do projects.