A man in South Carolina was charged with ill treatment of animals after he left his dog inside a locked car in 95-degree heat and the animal suffered a fatal stroke.
Tony Lee Davis, 33, parked at WestGate Mall in Spartanburg Sunday and allegedly left his 18-month-old bulldog, Thor, in the vehicle while he did some shopping, GoUpstate.com reported.
The pup was spotted apparently having a heat stroke at about 3 p.m. Spartanburg Public Safety Officers responded to the scene and, noticing Thor was lying down with his tongue hanging out, smashed the window of the lock car to get the dog out. An incident report obtained by GoUpstate.com notes that the dog threw up and his tongue was purple in color.
Thor, who went blind from brain swelling and was suffering seizures, was put under veterinary care but died Monday night, according to a Facebook post by the Spartanburg Humane Society.
Veterinarian Melissa Elledge told GoUpState that the dog looked like he was in good health prior to the incident.
Davis, who is a North Carolina resident, was arrested but has been released from jail.
Last month, Davis' home state passed a bill that expressly allows emergency responders to break into cars to save animals who may be suffering from "heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, or under other endangering conditions."