Five dogs are lucky to be alive after a man left them inside of a parked U-haul trailer outside of a Walmart in North Smithfield, Rhode Island, on Friday afternoon. As reported by WPRI News, the man, identified as Jeffrey Menard Levesque, claimed that he was away from the dogs for a few moments – but surveillance video revealed that the vehicle was parked there for over an hour.
Details of the incident
The temperature on Friday afternoon was in the mid-80s. The dogs were inside of crates in the U-haul and video shows them panting heavily and in distress. All of the dogs were seized from Levesque and taken to the North Smithfield Animal Control Center for treatment.
According to the news agency, aside from being left unattended inside of a parked vehicle, the dogs appeared to be neglected – suffering from malnourishment and having coats matted with feces and urine.
The man accused of leaving the dogs unattended in the heat is facing multiple charges including mistreatment of animals, unnecessary cruelty to animals and animal confinement in motor vehicle prohibited.
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