Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) received a call from Bellagio hotel security about a dog spotted in a locked car on the top level of the parking garage.
It was a scorching hot day with temperatures reaching 113 degrees and to make matters even worse the dog’s mouth was taped shut with electrical tape.
Security personnel managed to rescue the husky puppy through the vehicle’s sunroof and immediately brought it to an air-conditioned vehicle and offered it water.
WHAT NOT TO DO IN VEGAS:
On July 20, we got a call from security from a hotel & casino at 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (The high temperature that day was 113)
Security spotted a puppy inside a locked vehicle on the top floor of the parking garage with its mouth taped shut around 3 pm pic.twitter.com/kmZJ9CcQyU
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) July 28, 2022
LVMPD posted on Twitter, “We discovered the dog had been in the car for nearly 2 hours without air conditioning, food, or water while the vehicle’s owner went inside to gamble.”
Police were waiting outside the vehicle when the cruel man returned and promptly arrested him.
“Raul Carbajal, 50, was arrested for willful, malicious torture of an animal,” stated LVMPD.
The arresting officer asked, “Do you realize how hot it is outside? You had the vehicle off, windows up and you had tape around your dog’s mouth.”
The 3-month-old puppy was taken in by animal control and is receiving medical treatment.
People commended the officer and security guards for rescuing the innocent dog and hope the heartless man is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. However, some believe the most just punishment would be to lock him in a hot car.
LVMPD tells everyone to never leave an animal or person in a hot car. Even a few minutes for a “quick” errand can be deadly.
American Veterinary Medical Association states that even if you crack the windows, it is not safe. “The temperature inside your vehicle can rise almost 20º F in just 10 minutes, and almost 30º F in 20 minutes. The longer you wait, the higher it goes. At one hour, your vehicle’s inside temperature can be more than 40 degrees higher than the outside temperature.”