Man cited for leaving dog in hot car

Man cited for leaving dog in hot car

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A pit bull was left in a car Tuesday, while the outdoor temperature rose to 82 degrees but the indoor temperature was much higher.

According to a Jonesboro police report, officers responded to 3410 E. Johnson, at 1:04 p.m. and found the dog in a vehicle parked in front of Mamasang.

The dog was panting inside of the black Jeep, which had its front windows down about 3 inches, according to the incident report.

The officer on the scene gave the dog a bowl of water and recorded the Jeep's interior temperature at 160 degrees in the upper part of the vehicle and 106 degrees closer to the floorboard.

Employees of nearby Vegas Tans told the officer they knew the owner of the Jeep but had not seen him that day.

The woman who originally contacted police met with the officer and said she saw the dog panting and drooling in the vehicle at 12:15, when she arrived for a hair appointment.

The dog's owner exited First Class Cuts at 1:15 p.m. and approached the vehicle. He identified himself to police.

He told the responding officer that he took his dog everywhere and that he had only been in the hot vehicle for a few minutes.

The man was given a citation for animal cruelty.

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