A DOG left inside a hot car at Osborne House — reportedly for almost five hours — was rescued by police officers who smashed a window to free the animal.

Staff at the East Cowes attraction called the police yesterday (Thursday) afternoon, concerned the dog was 'crying and distressed' in the baking heat.

One staff member, who posted the details on Facebook, told the County Press: "It's absolutely shocking. I put the post up as I really wanted to highlight how important it is to not leave dogs in cars as it's so dangerous and distressing.

"I did later speak to the police for a update and they told me they smashed the window and rescued the dog and it was in the care of the RSPCA."

According to the Facebook post, the dog had been left inside the car for almost five hours with a window only slightly open.

An Isle of Wight Police spokesperson confirmed officers attended the Osborne House overflow car park at 2.57pm and the incident was being dealt with by the RSPCA.

The RSPCA's 'dogs die in hot cars' campaign warns heatstroke can be fatal to dogs left in cars.

According to the charity's website: "A car can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When it’s 22 degrees, in a car it can reach an unbearable 47 degrees within the hour."

People have also been urged to walk their dogs in the morning or evening, as they can seriously burn their pads on hot pavements during the day.