Easthampton man charged with animal cruelty for leaving dog in locked hot car
EASTHAMPTON, MA (WLNE): A 37-year-old Easthampton man is charged with animal cruelty after he left a dog inside a locked vehicle where the temperature became unbearable, according to Freetown Police.
Seth R. Taylor of Easthampton, MA was charged with one felony count of animal cruelty.
Freetown Police received a report that a dog was locked in a parked car at a construction area on Chace Road.
Responding officers discovered that the dog had been left unattended inside a locked vehicle for about 4 hours.
Police confirmed that the dog was in distress, panting rapidly, foaming at the mouth, and barely conscious.
Taylor is to be summoned to court.
"On a hot day, the temperature inside a closed car can shoot as high as 114 degrees in a short amount of time," Lieutenant Steven Abbott said. "Leaving the windows open a crack doesn’t eliminate the danger of heatstroke or death.