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Dog suffers heat stroke in car while owner goes to a concert

Mansfield PD
Mansfield PD
Mansfield PD

According to Friday's CBS Boston News, a dog was left to suffer inside of a parked Buick Park Avenue while his owner attended a concert at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Mass., on Thursday.

The dog's owner, identified as 60-year-old Edwin F. Harrington Jr., of Maine, allegedly attended the all-day Vans Warped Tour concert, leaving his dog behind in a crate inside of the parked car; temperatures that day were said to be in the mid-80s. Harrington was last seen before 11:00 a.m., and people became aware of his distressed dog's presence inside of the sweltering vehicle around 2:30 p.m.

By the time that police officers were able to remove the dog, named "Tuffy," from the vehicle, the interior temperature of the car was estimated to have reached a scalding 130 degrees. The dog, described as a Boston terrier mix, staggered and fell after being freed from the virtual oven on wheels.

According to the Sun Chronicle, the windows on the car had only been left down a few inches and the dog, who was rushed to Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment and Specialties, was found to be suffering from heat stroke and shock.

Harrinton was arrested and charged with animal cruelty - no word on the current condition of the dog who was removed from the car.

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