In Warren, Ohio, a man faces multiple charges for chaining his dog up in the bed of his hot truck in the direct sunlight. When witnesses approached the dog owner, questioning him about leaving the dog in a cage, the man identified as James Corbett, 61, became verbally abusive. After Corbett had been arrested however and had been sitting in the back seat of the police vehicle, he asked the officers to open the windows because he was hot.
According to Cleveland 19 News, the dog had been left in the direct sunlight for 30 minutes with no shelter or water. The outdoor temperature registered at 93 degrees. When police arrived, Corbett continued yelling at witnesses and then directed his wrath towards Sgt. Emanuel Nites, whose report stated the dog had been chained up with an 18 inch leash and had limited mobility. Corbett was arrested when he stepped towards the officer in a confrontational manner.
Corbett surrendered the dog at the scene and stated he would not pick the dog up from the shelter. While sitting in the police cruiser, Corbett complained it was too hot and asked the officers to open the windows. He now faces animal cruelty and disorderly conduct charges. He was released on $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on July 6.
On Wednesday, Corbett pleaded not guilty. The dog is currently being held at the Trumbull County Dog Kennel and will be available for adoption if Corbett does not claim his dog. So far, Corbett has not call nor inquired.
(Photos of man leaving his dog in a hot truck courtesy of Trumbull County Dog Warden and Warren County Court)
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