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Cops: Dog left in hot car outside hospital

SNELLVILLE — A Douglasville man was cited after allegedly leaving a dog inside a hot car outside Eastside Medical Center.

According to a Snellville police incident report, a security officer for Eastside Medical reportedly noticed the white pitbull sitting in the back seat of a Lincoln at about 1:30 p.m. last Friday. When authorities arrived, they noted that the windows of the vehicle were rolled down about three inches.

The responding officer used a laser reader, kept in his patrol car, to measure the temperature inside the Lincoln. It reportedly registered 134 degrees.

Shortly afterward, the car’s owner came back to the vehicle.

“I asked (the offender) why he (left) the dog unattended on a hot day inside the vehicle with no water or food,” the officer wrote in the report. “Offender stated that the dog was not his, but that he was doing a friend a favor by watching the dog.”

The offender, a 50-year-old male from Douglasville, was issued a citation for animal neglect.

Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said he wasn’t familiar with any similar incidents in his department’s jurisdiction this summer, but that it typically sees a few each year.