CAIRNS, Australia — A man is facing two counts of animal cruelty after he left his two dogs in his hot car while he spent over two hours in court. Sadly, one of the dogs had to be euthanized due to heat exhaustion.
Around 11 A.M., Passers-by noticed the pair of dogs panting heavily from inside the red sedan. They called the police and tried to give the dogs water as they waited for emergency crews to arrive.
“I was trying to put a bowl through the window and give them water,” witness Kim Cassidy told The Carins Post. “We’ve been here for an hour in 36-degree [96.8 Fahrenheit] heat.”
Cairns Regional Council chief executive Peter Tabulo explained that the rescue took some time because the police were advised that the two dogs were dangerous. Police told him that the female dog was being aggressive.
Both were taken immediately to the vet and unfortunately at the pound later on, the male dog was euthanized from heat exhaustion,” Tabulo told The Cairns Post.
Graham John Oakes, 60, was arrested when he left court. He was charged with two counts of animal cruelty and is expected to reappear in court on January 22.
Far North RSPCA inspector Richard Wright tells the Carins Post that calls for similar complaints have been on the rise in recent weeks.
“With the extreme temperatures we’re experiencing at the moment it can take only six minutes for a dog to die if left in a vehicle,” Wright said.
“Would you do that to a person? Why do that to an animal?”
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