3 Dogs Rescued From Hot Cars at Mass. Phish Concert, Owners Face Charges

Charlie, Lucky and Lulu were rescued from cars at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield and given water and cooling fans

Mansfield Police Department

Three dog owners are facing animal cruelty charges after leaving their pets in dangerously hot cars during a Phish concert in Mansfield, Massachusetts, last week, police said.

The popular jam band's concert began at the Xfinity Center Thursday around 7 p.m. At that time, temperatures topped 80 degrees, with high humidity levels, according to the Mansfield Police Department.

Charlie, Lucky and Lulu were left alone in cars without water or ventilation while their owners attended the show, police said. Officers on bikes spotted and rescued the dogs and gave them water and cooling fans at the Roland Smart Public Safety Compound.

Afterward, the animals were taken to Tufts Veterinary Emergency Services in Walpole to be evaluated, and all three were found to be healthy and in good condition, police said.

The dogs' owners — whose names were not released — will be called to Attleboro District Court on charges of animal cruelty and confining an animal in a motor vehicle with exposure to extreme levels of heat, according to police.

There are some ways you can cool down your hot car without simply blasting the AC.

Police later installed two electronic signs on South Main Street and the Interstate 495 off-ramp in Mansfield to let concertgoers know such treatment towards animals will not be allowed.

The Xfinity Center is an outdoor amphitheater that can hold 12,000 people.

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