JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) – A man has been charged under a new Rhode Island law with leaving a dog in a hot car.
Johnston police tell WJAR-TV it’s the first time anyone has been charged under the new law, which makes it a misdemeanor to leave an animal in a vehicle in extreme hot or cold temperatures. It was signed into law a few days ago by Gov. Lincoln Chafee.READ MORE: When Will The Snow Start? First Widespread Snow Of The Season Expected Wednesday For Massachusetts
Police say the man left a black poodle in his car in the parking lot of a BJ’s Wholesale Club for longer than an hour Monday. When police got there, the temperature inside the car was 124 degrees.READ MORE: Massachusetts Was The Most Generous State In 2021, GoFundMe 'Giving Report' Finds
The dog is being cared for by the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and is expected to be OK.
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