Two New York residents are facing cruelty to animal charges after a dog was found dead Sunday evening in a parked vehicle outside the commuter rail parking garage in Salem, Massachusetts.
MBTA Transit Police responded to the garage at 6:08 p.m. for a report of a possible injured dog inside a parked vehicle.
When police arrived, officers saw the body of a lifeless French Bulldog in the front passenger seat. There were also large amounts of vomit in the vehicle from the dog.
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While officers were attempting to enter the vehicle with assistance from Salem Fire, the dog's owners, Brendan Bulfin, 38, and Courtney Casey, 28, both of New York, arrived on scene.
After gaining access to the vehicle, authorities confirmed that the 3-year-old dog named "Nigil" was dead.
Bulfin and Casey told authorities they left the dog unattended in the enclosed vehicle for over five hours on the 73 degree day.
The pair was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals. They were scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Salem District Court.