By Magdalena Sharpe, KOB
Two dogs died after an animal welfare officer left them in a hot truck with no air conditioning Tuesday.
The officer had picked up one of those dogs, deemed an aggressive pit-bull, from a home near Carlisle and Montgomery.
At this time the city is investigating the incident as it is not yet clear whether the heat or lack of air conditioning actually killed the dogs.
“It's important that we don't, at this point because it's so early in the investigation, that we don't point fingers yet, we don't know all the facts that happened,” city spokesman Chris Ramirez told KOB Eyewitness News 4.
The owner of one of the dogs is looking at filing a lawsuit against the city.
The officer is apparently still on the job but is not handling animals until the investigation is complete.
In a separate incident, five dogs were left inside a car in the parking lot of a home improvement store in northwest Albuquerque Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Albuquerque Journal Joshua Ontiveros, 21, left five mixed breed dogs in the car, whose temperature reached nearly 100 degrees.
Police told the Journal that two of those dogs died, and say the three others will also likely die.
Ontiveros was arrested and booked on five felony counts of extreme cruelty to animals.