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Thursday, Jul 30, 2009County: Alameda
A Hayward man could face an animal cruelty charge after he left his dog locked in his car without food or water for more than 30 minutes Sunday, police said.
A patrol officer noticed the blue point pit bull alone inside the man's black 2006 Mercedes when it was parked in the 1500 block of Regent Street about 3 p.m., police said. The car's internal temperature was later found to have been 114 degrees Fahrenheit.
"The canine appeared to be struggling for breath," the officer wrote in the report. "I walked around the vehicle looking inside and did not see any water or food for the canine. All four windows of the vehicle were cracked open approximately one inch."
The Ken Betts towing company unlocked the Mercedes about 3:35 p.m. for the officer, who issued the 30-year-old owner of the dog a citation with a court date.
The incident follows an Alameda police dog dying May 5 after an officer left the animal unattended in his personal vehicle for more than three hours while he was attending a training exercise. The District Attorney's Office, however, declined to file charges against the officer.
- San Jose Mercury News - July 31, 2009
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