Charges against an Indiana couple, whose dog died after being left outdoors in excessive heat, have been dropped. As reported by NWI.com, prosecutors have decided that the incident was a “terrible accident” rather than negligence.
The dog’s owners
Ashley Durant, 27, and Fabian Durant, 24, owned the Husky who died on a day when the temperature climbed to 95 degrees. The Durants have stated that they left water out for the dog on June 30, the day that they left for Chicago to visit a relative who was in the hospital.
When the couple returned to their Valparaiso home, they found their dog, Kovu, collapsed in the heat. The dog’s tether had gotten tangled in bicycles and he was unable to get out of the sun as a result. The couple’s other dog, who was left outside with Kovu, survived.
Defense attorney Mitch Peters stated:
“This was a horrible accident that occurred. They loved this dog.”
The couple’s other dog has been returned to them.
(Booking photos via NWI.com)
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