An area man was charged with cruelty to animals after leaving his dog in a hot car Tuesday evening.
According to a police report, the suspect was charged after a good Samaritan spotted the animal inside a vehicle parked in the Broome Street parking deck without any visible food or water and with the windows barely cracked, according to police.
Once police arrived, they ran the vehicle’s tag registration and obtained the owner’s name. Police attempted to contact the suspect by phone but were unsuccessful. He was found shortly thereafter inside the Brickhouse restaurant downtown.
The suspect allegedly told police he’d recently turned 21 and had gone inside the restaurant for a drink. He attempted to show police a water dish he’d left in the vehicle, but police reports said the bowl was nearly empty.
“I grabbed the water bowl and turned it over and only a few drops came out,” wrote Officer William Norris in his official report.
Police explained to the man that the temperature inside the parking deck was too hot to leave an animal in a vehicle, and the suspect agreed, according to police reports. The latent temperature outside at the time was 81 degrees, but police said the temperature inside the parking deck was hotter, and the temperature inside the vehicle was hotter still.
In Georgia, cruelty to animals is a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to 12 months in jail.