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Report: Man leaves dog in hot truck for nearly an hour

Source: Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office

A man is behind bars and facing an animal cruelty charge after deputies say he left his dog locked in his truck with closed windows and no air conditioning.

On May 19, deputies from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 7600 block of Gulf Boulevard at Navarre Beach. The caller told dispatch he and his wife could hear a dog yelping from their driveway. The man walked across the street and found the dog locked inside a gold F-250.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies found a black medium-sized dog in the floorboard of the truck panting and shaking uncontrollably with foam around its mouth.

The arrest report states, “there was no water available for the dog,” and “there was no shade for the truck to be parked in.” The report also says that the day’s temperature was at least 84 degrees.

Deputies were able to get inside the truck without breaking a window and gave water to the dog.

While explaining the situation to an animal control officer, the arrest report says the owner of the truck, Brian Hickey, walked up to the truck from the beach.

According to the sheriff’s office, he was defensive and said there was nothing wrong with leaving the dog in the truck. The arrest report also says, “I [the deputy] explained that the dog had been in the truck 45 minutes to an hour, they kept arguing with me and telling me it was only 20 minutes.”

The sheriff’s office said the dog is reportedly doing fine.

Hickey was placed under arrested and taken to the Santa Rosa County Jail on a $500 bond.

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