Charges pending following dog death

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Police say charges are pending against the owner of a dog that died in a hot vehicle in eastern South Dakota.

Brookings police say charges of animal neglect or mistreatment could be filed against the person who left the dog in the car Sunday afternoon when temperatures were in the 80s. Police say the dog was dead by the time officers responded to a call about the animal.

Assistant Chief Derrick Powers tells the Argus Leader it was one of at least four calls to police about animals left in vehicles in the last week.

The Brookings Police Department cautioned pet owners that if it’s 70 degrees outside, the temperature inside a vehicle with windows closed can hit 89 degrees in 10 minutes.