‘Dog rescuer’ accused of forgetting dog in hot car, dumping body in lake

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GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A man who says he takes pride in rescuing dogs is facing animal abuse charges after leaving a dog in a hot car then dumping the body into a lake.

Benjamin Hafer, who lives in Georgia with his 75-year-old mother and three dogs, was arrested after neighbors called the police to say Hafer had left a dog in a hot car.

The dog did not survive.

WGCL-TV reported that Hafer said there were “too many dogs in the car” and he didn’t notice one had been left inside for a couple hours.

“I did a terrible thing. It was terrible, horrible accident, my fault. I can’t take it back,” said Hafer He said he rescues many dogs around the neighborhood.

Police said two months ago, they received a report of Hafer leaving another dog in a hot car to die, but he was never charged because there was no evidence.

Hafer said this is the first time it happened. After finding the dog, Hafer said he dumped the dog’s body in the lake in accordance with his religious beliefs.

Hafer was charged with one count of cruelty to animals.

Source: WGCL-TV


  • Diane Purcell

    He dumped the dog in the water to hide evidence!! NOT because of any religious beliefs! That’s a crock of **** and he knows it! Anyone with a heart for animals, a so-called ‘rescuer” (not buying that either) would NEVER leave a dog in a hot car – and certainly would have more respect for the animal than to dump it in the water! FOR SHAME!

  • Donna Honeycutt Green

    What religious beliefs “Satanic”. I am sick of hearing about people murdering Innocent Children and Pets by leaving them in Hot Cars..I want to start hearing about People whom do these terrible things being Tortured themselves and then the Gas Chamber..They don’t deserve to spend time in an Air Conditioned Prison with 3 Meals!

  • what_were_you_thinkin

    that s.o.b is stupid, there is no religious beliefs that call to dump a body of an animal in the lake, Unless of course it’s satanic, And I doubt he actually rescues animals, He’s a piece of shit and even looks the part

  • Ron Konkoma

    “After finding the dog, Hafer said he dumped the dog’s body in the lake in accordance with his religious beliefs.”
    What? Does he worship Michael Phelps?

  • Bill W

    I thought that was a woman in the picture until I read “he”. I would like to know what religion says you dump a dog you killed in a lake?

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