Man arrested after dog dies in hot car

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ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar)- A man was arrested Saturday after police say he left his dog in a hot car for hours. 

Christopher Lee Penn has been charged with animal cruelty after the dog died. 

Around 12:40 p.m. June 6, Odessa Police were called to the MCM Elegante at 5200 E University on an animal welfare check. 

According to an affidavit, and OPD officer found a black Mazda in the parking lot. Inside the car, the officer saw a black and white dog on the floorboard. 

The officer said the car windows were rolled up and the air-conditioning was not on inside the car. 

The temperature outside was 90 degrees, the responding officer said the dog “was in an obvious state of physical exhaustion”.

The officer opened the car door and shortly after, he was approached by Penn, who identified himself as the owner of the dog.

“Christopher stated that the dog had been inside the vehicle for approximately five hours without water or food,” the affidavit reads. 

An Animal Control officer arrived to try and remove the dog from the car, but the dog had already died. 

Leaving a pet inside a hot car for as little as 10 minutes can be deadly. 

Odessa Police will spend the summer patrolling for animals left in the same situation. 

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