Resident Ticketed for Animal Cruelty After Leaving Pet in Parking Lot

(Gillette, Wyo.) This weekend Gillette Police responded to Wal-Mart after several witnesses reported that a dog had been locked in a car for more than an hour. Around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday officers found a female American Bulldog in a vehicle with the windows rolled down not more than two inches, according to police reports. The temperature outside was over 90 degrees. Wal-Mart staff told law enforcement they had tried paging the car owner multiple times over the course of the past hour, but it took the responding officer unlocking the car himself to let the dog out. The owner, a 27 year old Gillette man, was located and said he was "only in the store for an hour." Police cited him for animal cruelty. The American Veterinary Medical Association says that it only takes 10 minutes for the temperature inside your vehicle to rise 20 degrees, and cracking the windows usually doesn't do much good to mitigate the risk of heatstroke. #county17 #news