SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A 34-year-old man was cited after his four dogs died when they were left in an SUV parked in the hot Sacramento sun.
The Sacramento Bee reports Tuesday that three of the pit bulls were already dead when sheriff's deputies found them outside an apartment complex August 7. A fourth pit bull was treated for heat stroke and registered a body temperature over 107 degrees before it died.
Temperatures in the area hit about 95 degrees that day.
The newspaper says the owner of the four dogs, Trevor Courtney, has been cited on suspicion of endangering their health by leaving them in the vehicle.
A first violation can be punished by a fine of up to $500, a jail sentence as long as six months, or both.
Efforts to reach Courtney by phone were unsuccessful.
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