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.

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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.

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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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