A Pennsylvania man is facing a felony charge of animal cruelty after his dog was found dead – outside in the intense summer heat. According to The Sentinel, in July, the authorities responded to a residence in Silver Spring Township because a caller reported seeing a dog lying motionless outside in the heat “for days.”
The grim discovery
A dead pit bull, legs and feet up in the air, was found outside of 37-year-old Eliezer Caraballo-Ocasio’s home on Cottage Court. Ocasio told the authorities that his dog had access to shade in an outdoor shed, but admitted that he hadn’t seen the dog since the afternoon before. Responding officers found no water for the dog and the shed was hot because the air-conditioning unit inside was not running.
The dog owner’s explanation
When Ocasio was questioned about why he believed that his dog died, he told officers that he thought perhaps he hadn’t provided enough water. Temperatures during the time that the dog died were in the 90s. The dog’s owner had already started to dig a grave.
Ocasio is facing a charges of aggravated cruelty to animals, misdemeanor neglect of animals and misdemeanor cruelty to animals for the death of his dog. He is due in court on August 15.
Dog owners are repeatedly warned about the dangers of leaving their pets in parked cars when it is warm outside, but it is important to remember that a dog can die from heat stroke if they are left outdoors without adequate protection from the heat. If it is hot outside, bring your pets inside. If they must be outside, provide plenty of cold, fresh water and somewhere that the dog can escape the intense heat that goes hand in hand with summer.
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