A dog handler, implicated in the death of three dogs who perished after being left inside of a car on a hot day, has been fined after pleading guilty to three counts of confining animals. According to the Des Moines Register, Craig Eugene must pay a $300 fine for the July 8 incident in Ottumwa, Iowa, which left the dogs dead.
Eugene claims that he left the dogs inside of a vehicle which was running on the 89-degree day – the dogs were inside of a car that was parked outside of an American Kennel Club All Breeds Dog Show which was being held at the Bridge View Center. The dog handler’s attorney argued that the malfunctioning car “was not reasonably foreseeable.” The dogs were reported to be inside of the vehicle, unattended, for approximately 35-40 minutes on the day of the incident.
Because of the plea deal, one count against Eugene was dismissed.
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