Arizona police submit animal cruelty charge against owner of puppy that died on hot balcony

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — A pet owner whose puppy died on a hot balcony last weekend could now be facing a criminal charge.

The owner of the dog has been identified by police as 28-year-old Glendale resident Adrian Gonzalez. Glendale Police detectives, working in coordination with the Arizona Humane Society, have developed probable cause on the dog owner for animal cruelty. Glendale Police detectives are submitting one count of a felony animal cruelty charge to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for review on this case.

On Sunday, June 5, just after 3:30 p.m., neighbors at an apartment complex near 61st and Northern avenues called 911 after hearing the dog in distress.

When Glendale police arrived, they attempted to get in touch with the dog’s owner, but nobody answered the door or the phone.

“So our officer called the Glendale Fire Department, and we were able to get an engine and ladder there to try and help the dog, but unfortunately in this situation, we were not able to make it in time,” Sgt. Scott Waite of the Glendale Police Department.

The dog, a one-and-a-half-year-old chocolate Lab mix had been locked outside, trapped on the third-floor balcony without water or shade.

There is speculation that the extreme heat was a factor in the death of the dog. That afternoon, the temperature had reached 113 degrees.

The best place for your pets during the hot summer months, or anytime, is inside. If animals have to be outside, make sure they have access to plenty of cool water — do not use metal bowls — and a shady place.

Last week, the City of Phoenix outlawed restraining a dog outside using a restraint that unreasonably limits the dog’s movement during extreme weather conditions, when the outdoor temperature is below 32 degrees or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, when a heat advisory has been issued or when a monsoon, hurricane, tropical storm, dust storm or tornado warning has been issued.

If you see a pet left out in the heat and feel that it is in distress contact the Arizona Humane Society emergency field dispatch at 602-997-7585.