One Spokane County, Wash. resident has to deal with the replacement of a car window, misdemeanor animal cruelty charges and some public humiliation following his decision to leave his dog inside of a car last week while going to a movie.
According to KREM News, Justin D. Dalton left his basset hound inside of a white Ford Explorer last Tuesday in the parking lot of the Spokane Valley Mall.
On the warm afternoon, with temperatures in the 80s, Dalton apparently went inside to enjoy the air-conditioned comfort of the theater.
The dog, however, was afforded no such luxury. The man had left the Explorer’s windows cracked approximately one-inch…far too little to provide what was needed to keep the vehicle’s interior cool.
A Spokane County animal protection officer arrived and made the decision to break out one of the windows in order to retrieve the dog from the sweltering car interior.
When Dalton returned from his movie outing, he was treated to two misdemeanor animal cruelty charges, including: Unsafe Confinement and Animal Cruelty in the Second-Degree.
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