MYRTLE BEACH — Police cited a Charlotte man who they say left a dog locked in a hot car on Sunday afternoon.
James Anthony Peebles, 37, was cited for abandonment/mistreatment of animals.
According to a Myrtle Beach police report, an officer responded to a parking lot in the 700 block of North Ocean Boulevard at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday for a reported dog locked in a car.
The officer saw a pit bull inside the vehicle panting and drooling heavily. The temperature outside was 86 degrees with a heat index of 96 degrees. The officer said it was 101 degrees inside the vehicle.
The officer removed the dog from the vehicle and placed her in the police car with the air conditioning on. Peebles returned to the car and was given a citation, according to police. He paid the bond and the officer returned the dog to him.
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