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Man charged with animal cruelty after dogs left in hot car

June 27, 2019 GMT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware man has been charged with animal cruelty after the death of a dog that was left in a hot car.

Officers from the state Office of Animal Welfare arrested 41-year-old Lamonte Jordan of Wilmington on Tuesday.

Jordan was charged with two counts each of animal cruelty, failure to vaccinate for rabies and failure to obtain a dog license. He was released on $4,500 unsecured bail.

Officers responding to a report of two dogs in a hot vehicle found one dog muzzled and tethered inside a makeshift crate. The other dog was found dead.

Temperatures in the area approached 90 degrees (32.2 Celsius) Tuesday.

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Officials noted than on an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a car can rise to about 119 degrees in 30 minutes.

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