NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The owner of a puppy investigators say died from extreme from extreme heat, locked in a cage with no water, has been cited.
A neighbor in Antioch called Metro Animal Care and Control investigators on Saturday to report a puppy is in distress.
They arrived at the home, but nobody was there, so they jumped a six-foot privacy fence to rescue the dog.
Investigators found a 12-week-old German shepherd on the deck locked in a cage and barely alive
“This dog would have lived with proper shade, water, and care,” said MACC field supervisor Sue Baker.
Investigators told WKRN the sun was blaring, with the temperatures in the 90s and the nearest water bowl outside the cage.
“Yes, the puppy died from heat stroke,” said Baker.
The dog had died by the time it arrived at Metro Animal Care and Control, despite efforts to cool him down, which included driving him in an air-conditioned truck.
“We put water on his feet, the pads of his feet, and on his belly,” said Baker.
Investigators did a necropsy and said the dog’s core temperature, taken 30 minutes after it was rescued, was still 112 degrees, well above normal.
“This is absolutely an avoidable death of an animal,” said Baker.
Hany Mehany told WKRN the family was going out and they put the puppy outside, where there was shade and water, but somehow the dog got into a cage and got locked in.
Mehany said he recently paid $500 for the German shepard his kids named Scooby. He said it was for his oldest daughter’s 10th birthday and she cried for two days when she learned he passed away.
“Yes, it is my oldest daughter’s gift. A birthday gift,” said Mehany.
Mehany said it was more of an accident.
Sue Baker said Mehany’s wife put the dog outside and she is the one who was cited for misdemeanor animal cruelty.
“The owner is charged with misdemeanor. She is facing a criminal charge at this time,” said Baker.
The family told WKRN that they are actively looking for a new German shepherd puppy to replace the one that died.