The dog was locked inside the hot car and by the time they took him to the hospital, he was dead.
A 4-year-old Labrador Retriever died after his owner left him locked inside a hot car. The owner is facing charges of animal cruelty, according to the police citation on Tuesday.
On Monday at around 2:45 p.m., the police received a warning call about a dog that was trapped inside a hot car with all windows closed. The incident took place in Colchester. The car was parked outside the Fanny Allen campus of the University of Vermont Medical Center on College Parkway.
Officer Jesse Treier responded to the scene. Once he saw the dog in distress, he broke into the car. He reported finding the temperature inside the car to be 125F (51.6C). He took the dog to the Burlington Emergency and Veterinary Specialists. The vets pronounced the lab dead shortly.
Treier explained that the police was investigating the period the dog was left inside. The officer wanted the incident to make people realize the danger of leaving a dog in a hot car. While you might think it’s cool inside, it gets very hot in a short time.
The police identified Stacey Barrientos as the dog owner and the vehicle as well. They issued a citation for Barrientos, 54, of Colchester. She is to appear on Oct. 6 in Vermont Superior Court in Burlington. The accused owner is facing animal cruelty charges.
Meanwhile on Tuesday, the police left a message on Barrientos’ work phone. The message wasn’t answered.
Back on July 1, a new law passed that states passer-bys can force break a car to save a distressed dog or a child. Those who breaks into locked cars aren’t going to face any civil liability.