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Case ID: 16413
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Monday, Jul 5, 2010

County: Westchester

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Heriberto Palacio

The owner of a Maltese dog was arrested after he left his pet tied inside a van that hit 140 degrees on a scorching Monday afternoon, police said.

Police freed the dog, which died shortly after being removed from the vehicle parked at FDR Park, said Ken Ross, chief of the SPCA of Westchester.

Heriberto Palacio, 41, of the Bronx, was charged with animal cruelty, a misdemeanor. He will be arraigned in Town Court on July 22.

A park patron notified state police about 2:30 p.m. Monday that a small dog was left in a van parked in direct sunlight. Upon arrival, troopers saw the white animal lying down, struggling to breathe and convulsing due to the intense heat, Ross said in a news release.


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