Update: Owner of Dog That Died in Hot Car To Be Charged with Animal Cruelty

The owner of a pit bull named Max that died Tuesday in a Chevy pickup truck on Burroughs Street in Jamaica Plain will be charged with one count of animal cruelty and one count of improper confinement.

Boston Police from District E-13 have opened an investigation, and the dog’s owner, who according to a source is a 31-year-old Boston man, will be summonsed to West Roxbury District Court, according to Boston Police Department spokesperson Jamie Kenneally.

City personnel accessed the truck the afternoon of Aug. 1 shortly after 4 p.m. after an employee of Stone Ground Landscaping noticed a dog in distress in the truck and called 911, according to Boston’s Inspectional Services Department. Boston Police contacted the city’s Animal Care and Control Division to meet them there. Boston Police and Boston Fire personnel arrived on scene first and accessed the truck. Max was brought to the MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center but died a short time later.

“His temperature on arrival was 109.7, which is as high as the thermometer will go, so it could have been higher than that,” said Boston Animal Care and Control Director Amanda Kennedy, per CBSBoston.

The owner was notified that the dog had been taken from his vehicle, brought to the MSPCA and had not survived. The dog had been left in the vehicle without any water, and the owner allegedly told investigators that he had fed the dog ice cream earlier in the day, according to the police report.

The city’s veterinarian, Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, an internationally recognized veterinarian with deep animal welfare and veterinary forensics experience, planned to perform a full necropsy on the dog Wednesday.

“The only effective way to keep pets safe in cars is to never leave them alone enclosed in vehicles,” Smith-Blackmore said. “The best action in a case of a dog enclosed in a hot car is early and swift removal. Never leave animals alone in a car. This is a terrible situation that could have easily been avoided.”

If residents see an animal locked in a car and are not able to immediately locate the owner, they should call 911 or contact Boston Animal Care and Control.

  • Peppy

    Anyone know why they’re not releasing the name of the dog owner? Or are you just not reporting it?

    • Monster

      Probably because it would be bad if someone were to begin harassing him over what is presumably a terrible accident.

    • Monster

      Probably to protect his identify from crazy online animal rights people who might harass him over what is likely just a terrible accident?

  • pickle

    Name this horrible person! I wonder if it’s a city employee, like a cop…

    • JP Shipley

      Have some damn respect while this poor guy mourns the death of his pet.

      • Kellie Arnold


      • pickle

        what is wrong with you. he killed his dog

    • Monster

      The conspiracy runs deep, man.

      • Peppy

        That doesn’t sound paranoid.

        • Monster

          They just released the name. You were right, he IS* a cop! Total cover up**!

          (*JK…he’s a homeless guy.)
          (**Not really.)

  • Dee M

    Sorry, but you “rescue” a dog and he is l

  • Dee M

    1. His name should be released. It’s a matter of public record. Go to the Courthouse, after his appearance and ask for a copy of the Court records.
    2. I dunno call me a crazy animal rights person, but how do you accidentally cook your dog? If he didn’t think the heat was a concern that day, why did he feel he had to keep checking on him? I would pull video in the area and I’ll bet he never once checked on him. If he did, he could have seen the dog was in distress and got him help. He could have found someone to watch him it bird him for $25. He has a job, right? It’s likely he earned more than $25. Instead he made a conscious decision to kill his dog. Any reasonable person would know the end result would be death. So for this if you calling this an accident…no jury will believe that!
    3. No, us crazy animal rights people are NOT gonna let this dog’s death go unanswered. We will be following this case closely. We will be at the appearance and legal proceedings. We will be asking the Prosecutor to not plea this out and ask for maximum sentence.
    4. Let him mourn? Really? He “rescued” a dog 9 years ago. That dog provided him with love, loyalty and companionship and he repays the dog by cooking him to death? And we are suppose to feel sorry for the criminal? Don’t think so. There were options he chose the most convenient option even though he knew he was killing his dog.