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KENNER, La. (WGNO) — Kenner police say a man was arrested after his dog was left inside a hot vehicle and died.

According to police, it happened on Tuesday, Aug. 8, around 1:30 in the afternoon in the 2100 block of Veterans Boulevard. They say officers were called to the scene and determined that the dog was locked inside a U-Haul truck with the windows up for approximately 45 to 60 minutes.

Police say the dog was suffering from heat stroke and was barely breathing, so they rushed it to a veterinary clinic where it died.

Police say the owner, Carlos Rivera-Medrano of Cahokia, Illinois, left his dog in the truck while he ate lunch. He was arrested and booked with aggravated animal cruelty.

“This is a terrible and unfortunate incident that could have been avoided,” Kenner Police Chief Keith Conley says in a written statement announcing the dog’s death. “Animal cruelty is a serious offense, and we will arrest you,” he says.

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