A Massachusetts man is facing an animal abuse charge after allegedly leaving his two dogs inside a hot car in New Hampshire.
Samuel Frackleton, 22, of Westford was arrested on Monday afternoon after Merrimack police officers responded to a report of two dogs left inside a car in a parking lot at the Merrimack Premium Outlets.
When police arrived at the scene, they found a vehicle with two dogs inside and the windows slightly open. With temperatures above 90 degrees that day outside of the car, a device found that the temperature inside of the car peaked at 128 degrees.
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The dogs were rescued by animal control officers and taken to the Merrimack Police Department in good condition, according to police. The dogs were eventually released "to a responsible family member," police said.
Eventually, officers found the driver of the car, identified as Frackleton, and arrested and charged him with animals in a motor vehicle.
He was released on $1,500 personal recognizance bail and is due in court on July 12 for his arraignment. It's unclear if he has an attorney.