A Bloomington pet owner may face charges after leaving a dog locked in a hot car.
Police responded after several witnesses called Animal Control to say the dog had been alone in the car for hours with the windows up. Bloomington Animal Care and Control spokesman Jenny Gibson says the 9-year-old Labrador retriever died of heat stroke.
“There are many different charges that can be brought against people that do these types of things. So for this particular situation, animal cruelty is a serious offense,” says Gibson.
Authorities say the dog’s owner was inside a nearby restaurant at the time. Temperatures inside cars can rise very quickly in the summer months, and it’s important to never leave a pet unattended.