Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Owner charged after puppy found locked in hot van

By Kimberly Dick, The Herald

A shopper at a Fort Mill flea market was cited after officers found his puppy tied up inside a van on a 90-degree day, deputies say.
Richie Roberts, 25, of Lockhart was cited for maltreatment of animals and his pit bull was seized from his van after deputies found the dog tied up inside a hot van around 12:15 p.m. Saturday, according to a York County Sheriff's Office report.
Officers were called when someone saw the small brown puppy, who appeared to be in distress, inside the van. It was tied up in the rear of a Chevy Astro parked near the flea market on Highway 51.
The temperature outside was about 93 degrees and the deputy estimated the temperature inside the van was about 105 degrees, the report states. The windows were slightly open.
He rescued the puppy from the van, and notified the business office of the flea market. The dog's owners responded to a page at the flea market.
They told the deputy they were checking on the puppy every 30 minutes.
The deputy asked them if they were willing to sit in the van for 30 minutes without air conditioning, only slightly ajar windows, but they refused to answer.
Roberts was cited for maltreatment of animals.

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