New features are coming soon. Login with Facebook to get an early start and help us test them out!
For more information about the Interactive Animal Cruelty Maps, see the map notes.
Friday, Jun 16, 2006County: Oswego
Alleged: Lane Britton
Case Updates: 1 update(s) available
A chocolate Labrador writhed in the scorching heat inside a locked car and later died after its 17-year-old owner left it for two hours in the parking lot of the Central Square Wal-Mart, village police said.
The teenager, from Central Square, is out on bail, facing a charge of misdemeanor animal cruelty in the dog's death from heat exposure June 16, said village police Chief Harland Fox.
"It was nothing intentional on the boy's part," Fox said. "But he screwed up in a big way."
When police showed up that afternoon, an agitated crowd of 30 or more had surrounded the vehicle with the dog convulsing inside, Sgt. Joseph Marotta said. The high temperature measured at Hancock Airport that day was 82 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Marotta broke a window of the vehicle and removed the 2-year-old dog. It was pronounced dead at Highland Animal Hospital a short time later, Fox said.
Oswego County Assistant District Attorney Susan Rider would not comment on what punishment she would seek against the teenager. A village court clerk said the teen, who was expected to graduate from high school last week, was eligible for youthful offender status, which would seal his record upon any conviction.
|Lane Britton, 17, of Central Square, was arrested by Central Square Police and charged with animal cruelty. Central Square Police say Britton left the dog in the locked car, and left the parking lot with friends in another car. Someone called 911, and by the time police arrived, more than two dozen people were trying to get the dog out of the car. The dog started convulsing, and police had to smash the windows to try and save it, but it was too late. |
Britton was sent to jail, but was released on $750 bail.
|Source: WSYR News - June 20, 2006|
Update posted on Jun 29, 2006 - 9:45PM
- The Post-Standard - June 28, 2006
Note: Classifications and other fields should not be used to determine what specific charges the suspect is facing or was convicted of - they are for research and statistical purposes only. The case report and subsequent updates outline the specific charges. Charges referenced in the original case report may be modified throughout the course of the investigation or trial, so case updates, when available, should always be considered the most accurate reflection of charges.
For more information regarding classifications and usage of this database, please visit the database notes and disclaimer.