Police Blotter – Animal cruelty

  • Friday, August 1, 2014

According to police, a man was charged with animal mistreatment after a witness reported him for leaving his dog in a hot car.

The witness stood by for over 20 minutes, and even after police arrived, it was over 30 minutes that the dog owner was inside the store, according to a report. He had left all four windows slightly down, but the dog was in the backseat lying down and panting heavily, the report said.

The officer was able to stick his hand in the window and found it to be hotter inside the car than it was outside of the car. He eventually unlocked the door and took the dog out while he waited for the owner to arrive.

Finally, according to the report, the owner came out of the store and said he knew he had the dog with him because the dog likes to ride. He then listened to the officer explain how it could be fatal to leave a living creature in a vehicle with excessive heat.

The dog owner was asked to hand over his license and wait while the officer wrote a courtesy summons for animal care and mistreatment. While he waited for the officer to write the ticket, he sat in his car with the air conditioning running, the report said.

The dog was returned to the owner.

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