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Dog Dies After Being Left in Hot Vehicle at Belmont Motel

Post Date:06/09/2014 5:22 PM

Contact: Captain Patrick Halleran (650) 595-7430

A 50 year-old transient was arrested today for animal cruelty, when his dog died after being left in the man's truck in a motel parking lot.

On Monday, June 9, 2014 @ approx. 10:30AM, Belmont Police responded to a call of a dog in distress, inside a truck that was parked in the parking lot of a motel in the 1100 block of Shoreway Rd.  Upon arrival, officers found an unresponsive 8 year-old German Shepherd named "Elisha" in distress, inside the cab of a black 2011 Toyota pick-up truck.  The dog had been left in the truck with the windows rolled up and without water.

San Mateo County Animal Rescue & Control, from the Peninsula Humane Society, was called immediately and responded to the scene.  In spite of their efforts, Elisha died en route to an veterinary emergency clinic.

Elisha's owner, Joseph Regis Jr., a 50 year-old transient, was contacted in a motel room by officers.  Regis, who was asleep when contacted, told officers he had checked on Elisha at 3:00AM and he seemed fine.  Regis was arrested without incident and was booked into the San Mateo County Jail in Redwood City on a charge of felony animal cruelty.

The Belmont Police and the Peninsula Humane Society would like to stress to the public that when it's 80 degrees outside, a car can heat up to over 120 degrees in just minutes.  As happened today, in a temperature that high, a dog could easily die.  As we enter the summer months, dog owners are reminded that they should never leave their dog alone in a car during warm weather.


Joseph Regis Jr. - Booking Photo

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