By Mark Duell for MailOnline
Published: 13:05 BST, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 20:00 BST, 1 July 2019
Tesco workers have been slammed for allegedly refusing to call out for customers who locked their dog inside their car in sweltering 83F (28C) heat.
Staff at the supermarket in Bideford, North Devon, are said to have claimed they did not want to upset the shoppers by making an announcement about the animal.
A German Shepherd was left for half an hour in the car and could be seen panting as worried shoppers alerted staff and even tried to get into the car themselves.
A man and a woman were photographed outside the shop when they returned to their car outside the Tesco store in Bideford, North Devon, on Friday
The man allegedly became aggressive about attempts made to free the dog in the car park
A man and a woman were photographed outside the shop when they returned to their car on Friday, which saw 83F highs in Bideford, and were met by the passers-by.
The man then allegedly became aggressive about attempts to free the dog. Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, leaving your dog in a hot car can be a criminal offence.
The RSPCA has advice to people in the situation, saying: 'If you're at a shop, venue or event ask the staff to make an announcement to alert the owner of the situation.'
The animal charity also encourages worried passers-by to take pictures, phone 999 and even break the animal out as a last resort.
The incident took place at a Tesco store in Bideford, North Devon on Friday, where the weather was recorded to have highs of 28C.
The dog was seen inside the car at a Tesco in Bideford on Friday and a report was made to staff
Julie Fay wrote on Facebook about what happened, saying: 'So, it's pretty hot, isn't it? Imagine putting a fur coat on and shutting yourself in a car with an inch of air.
'Sound fun? No, not at all, but when you are a German Shepherd sat waiting for your selfish owners, it's less fun. Half an hour this poor animal was shut in, panting.
'Two caring people went and showed concern to the supermarket, but they said 'we can't announce it as to upset the customer'. No care for the poor dog.
'A caring customer decided to take the dog's welfare into his own hands and try to release him when the owners turned up with nothing but anger and abuse.
'He threatened the man and had no care whatsoever. These people should not be allowed a rat let alone a dog. Do not leave your dog in a car in this heat.'
Julie Fay wrote on Facebook about what happened, saying there was 'no care for the poor dog'
Other users commented shaming the store for their actions. One woman wrote: 'Tesco should be ashamed of themselves to do nothing when an animal is distressed.
Another said: 'Supermarket wouldn't announce it? They should have to by law.' Julie replied to this saying: 'No, they said straight that they couldn't upset the customer.'
Another woman said: 'Shame on Tesco for saying they wouldn't make an announcement.'