An unattended dog, left inside of a locked vehicle on Saturday, died from apparent heat exhaustion in Palm Desert, Calif.
According to a story published this morning at My Desert News, the vehicle, which was parked outside of Desert Veterinary Specialists, belonged to 51-year-old veterinary surgeon, Douglas Huber.
Passersby noticed that the dog, described as a shepherd mix, was in distress, and they phoned the authorities.
Unfortunately, by the time that help arrived, it was too late for the dog.
According to a Riverside County deputy,
“When our deputies showed up, they were unable to find the owner, so the deputies had to break the window and pop the doors open,”
The overheated dog, who was reported to have been in the vehicle for at least an hour, began seizing as soon as deputies freed him from the vehicle, and died shortly thereafter.
The veterinarian who is believed to have left the dog inside of the vehicle was arrested and taken to the Riverside County jail. He posted bail and was released before 1:00 p.m.
If Huber is convicted of the charges associated with this dog's untimely death, he could face fines and up to six months in jail.