LAS VEGAS – A California man is facing charges after police said he left a three-month-old Husky with its mouth taped shut in a 107-degree car while he gambled inside a casino for hours.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department recently released video of the July 20 incident that showed efforts to try to cool the puppy down after being rescued by a security officer.
Police said the dog was in a car, atop a parking garage, without water, food or air conditioning for nearly two hours while high temperatures soared to at least 113 degrees outside.
In the video, personnel were seen trying to cool down the dog in a nearby SUV while officers conducted the investigation.
“He had a lot of saliva and wasn’t able to breathe,” a rescuer could be heard telling an officer.
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It was at this point Raul Carbajal, the car’s owner, arrived at the parking garage and was immediately taken into custody.
Police said the 50-year-old suspect was arrested on a charge of willful, malicious torture of an animal.
Experts say leaving children or animals inside a vehicle on a hot day is a danger people vastly underestimate.
A vehicle’s indoor temperature can rise by 40 degrees within 60 minutes if there is no circulation.
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A sunroof in the case of the mouth-taped Husky did little to help the dog stay cool in the summer heat, police said.
The puppy was taken to a local animal control shelter, where it continues to receive medical treatment but is expected to recover.