A dog, apparently forgotten in the bed of a truck which was parked outside of a store in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, perished from heat exhaustion on Saturday afternoon. According to Fox 43 News, 20-year-old Justin Martin was shopping while the dog suffered in the heat beneath a tarp which was over the bed of his truck.
A witness reached out to the authorities for help after noticing that the dog was in distress in the truck’s bed, in the midst of a hot, 90-degree day. Though the police tried to cool the dog down, and transported him to a veterinary clinic, the devastating effects from the extended period of time in the extreme heat had taken its toll.
The dog did not belong to Martin – he has stated that he was transporting the dog for a relative, and claims that he simply forgot that the dog was in the bed of the truck. Martin’s fatal “oversight” has resulted in a charge of animal cruelty.