Owner charged after dog dies in hot truck



SEATTLE (AP) — King County prosecutors have charged a Buckley man with animal cruelty after his 2-year-old golden retriever died of heat while locked in a parked truck.

Seattlepi.com (http://is.gd/WXF4Rd ) reports 49-year-old David A. DeJong left the dog – Nexus – locked in the truck while visiting Nolte State Park outside Black Diamond with his grandchildren. By the time King County animal cruelty investigators arrived, the dog’s internal temperature was well above 108 degrees.

A passer-by had called 911 after spotting the dog in the truck. The animal was panting heavily and clearly in distress.

Court documents show a King County deputy arrived an hour later to find DeJong at the truck and the dog dead.

The man told investigators he forgot to leave a window open in his car.


Information from: Seattle Post-Intelligencer, http://www.seattlepi.com/