A man who left his 8-week-old puppy in a hot car that was not running was arrested and charged by Manor police with animal cruelty Saturday.
According to an arrest affidavit, police responded to a call just after 4 p.m. about a blonde puppy stuck inside a Ford Focus.
The owner of the car, identified by police as 20-year-old Chandler Allen Bullen, had left his puppy, a Mexican Wolf and German Shepherd mix named Annabelle, in his car for 30 minutes while he shopped at the Wal-Mart in Manor, the affidavit said. The temperature outside was 99 degrees with a heat index of 109 at the time, according to data from the National Weather Service.
Officers found the puppy panting and crying in the locked vehicle, attempting to hide under the passenger seat to find shade, the affidavit said. Police were able to reach through a partially opened sun roof and unlock the car with a tire iron, the affidavit said. When they retrieved the puppy, they found he was infested with fleas and had several lesions, according to officials.
Bullen, who returned from the store about 15 minutes after police responded, told officers that he did not leave the vehicle running because he “did not want to waste gas.”
Bullen was charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals, a Class A misdemeanor, with bail set at $4,000.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says at least 22 dogs have died this year after being left outside in the heat or inside hot vehicles. The animal advocacy group offers these tips to keep pets safe during the summer:
- Keep dogs indoors if possible: Dogs can only sweat through their footpads and cool themselves by panting. Extreme heat can cause vomiting, lethargy or even death.
- Provide water and shade if dogs must be outside: Make ample shade available to take into account the shifting sun. Even short periods of direct exposure to the sun can be dangerous.
- Walk to exercise dogs: Never exercise dogs by biking and making them run alongside you in extreme heat. Dogs will collapse before giving up.
- Avoid hot cars: Extreme heat is deadly even for short periods with the windows rolled down. Dogs can succumb to heatstroke within minutes, even parked in the shade.
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Watch video of Manor police as they rescue an 8-week-old puppy from a hot car in a Wal-Mart parking lot.