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Man arrested for leaving dog in hot car

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By: Dee DeQuattro

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A Rhode Island man has been arrested and is facing charges after leaving a miniature poodle in a 124 degrees car.

48-year-old David Rodriguez was arrested on Monday when police found his poodle, Romeo, locked inside his car while he shopped at a Johnston BJ’s store. A concerned citizen called police to report the dog. Police attempted to locate the owner but were unable to so they removed the dog from the vehicle.

Rodriguez was summons to the police station where he was charged with the misdemeanor offense of leaving a dog in the car.
He is the first person to be arrested under a new law signed by Governor Chafee last week that makes it a misdemeanor offense to leave a dog inside of a hot car.

Rodriguez has been charged with a misdemeanor and could face a fine of up to $1000 and up to a year in prison.

Custody of the dog has been given to the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

According to the RISPCA the dog had a slightly elevated body heat and was displaying signs of moving toward a heat casualty. 

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