Charges could be coming for owner of dog left in hot truck in Portsmouth
PORTSMOUTH — The owner of a truck parked in a Portsmouth on Wednesday returned to find police about to make their way inside to rescue a dog locked inside.
Sgt. Tim McCain said Thursday a good Samaritan called police Wednesday afternoon when they noticed a dog in a parked truck near Portwalk Place.
Polce say the temperature outside at that time was about 81 degrees. The condition of the dog caused “enough of a concern for the responding officer, Sgt. Kuffer Kaltenborn, to call and ask for the car to be opened up,” McCain said.
McCain says they can remove dogs from hot cars either by smashing the window or calling a car opening service. They opted for the latter in this instance, but before the locksmith arrived, the owner returned to his vehicle.
Police say the case is still currently under investigation. The animal control officer, along with the Portsmouth police, will decide if and what charges will be filed against the owner of the truck.
The dog is expected to be OK.