Animal cruelty charge after dog left in car in extreme heat

A PLAINLAND man is facing animal cruelty related charges after allegedly leaving a dog locked inside a car in extreme heat.

Concerned residents phoned police after a large dog was found inside a four-wheel drive parked in the Toowoomba CBD about 11am yesterday.

The car, while left unlocked, had its windows wound up near the corner of Ruthven and Margaret Sts.

Residents reported the dog was in distress due to the heat, and is believed to have been inside the car for about 45 minutes.

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded the official temperature in Toowoomba at 11am yesterday as 28.8 degrees Celsius, and the apparent temperature as 29.4 degrees.

The dog's owner, a 55-year-old man from Plainland, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty related offences under the Animal Care and Protection Act.

Toowoomba police with the dog rescued from a car in the CBD on Tuesday.
Toowoomba police with the dog rescued from a car in the CBD on Tuesday. QPS

RSPCA officers were also called to the incident.

The dog was seized by police and taken to a local vet where he was checked and rehydrated before being surrendered to the Toowoomba animal shelter.

Police have applied for the dog to be surrendered from the man's ownership ahead of his charges going before the Toowoomba Magistrates Court.

Police are warning pet owners to be vigilant about leaving animals locked in cars during the extreme heat, and cautioned serious penalties could apply.

"There are serious consequences," a police spokesman said.

"Leaving an animal in a car that is extremely hot can be deemed as an animal cruelty offence."

The man will face court in coming weeks.


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