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Dog dies after being left in parked truck while owner slept inside of motel

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According to Tuesday's Mercury News, a 50-year-old man was arrested on Monday after his dying German shepherd was discovered inside of a truck which was parked outside of a Belmont, Calif., motel.

Police responded to a call about a distressed dog and found eight-year-old "Elisha," locked inside of the truck - the dog had no food, water or circulating air and she was unresponsive by the time that she was found. Elisha's owner, Joseph Regis Jr., was inside of a motel room sleeping when the police arrived.

Animal control officers attempted to get the over-heated dog to an emergency veterinarian, but she died on the way.

Regis was booked into jail on a count of felony animal cruelty.

Earlier this month, three Rottweilers died inside of a truck which was parked outside of a restaurant in Klamath County, Ore. The dogs' 65-year-old owner had been inside of the restaurant for an estimated four hours, making phone calls, while the dogs were locked in the vehicle.

Despite annual reminders to owners about the dangers of leaving pets inside of parked vehicles, tragic deaths continue to take place each year as the weather warms. The temperature inside of a parked vehicle can reach a deadly level anytime that it is moderately warm outside.

Continue reading: Police officer stops traffic to save runaway dog

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