Bristol police explain why no charges were pursued after dog was left in car on hot day

Published on Wednesday, 29 July 2020 17:02


BRISTOL - A dog left in the car on a hot day Tuesday triggered anger among many users on the Facebook group Bristol Talks, with some questioning why the owner did not face charges.

Police, though, say the animal was evaluated by an Animal Control Officer and found to be in healthy condition.

The incident occurred in the Price Chopper parking lot on Tuesday, around 5:21 p.m., when police received a call that a brown and white Pit Bull was left in a car alone. The temperatures all week have been reaching the 90s.

A post about the incident on Bristol Talks has garnered 356 reactions and 292 comments - most of them either condemning the owner or calling for an arrest - as of Wednesday, around 4 p.m.

Police on Wednesday said the responding officers noticed that the animal was able to walk around in the backseat of the vehicle and did have a bowl of water on the floor. The windows were “open a crack,” according to police.

Officers determined that the owner of the animal was inside the grocery store for about 20 to 25 minutes. An Animal Control Officer responded as well, evaluating the dog and finding that it was “playful,” “not lethargic” and showed no signs of distress.

The ACO counseled the owner on the decision to leave the animal in the car and advised against it in the future, according to police. He also went by the animal cruelty statute and did not pursue any charges.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News on Wednesday, 29 July 2020 17:02. Updated: Wednesday, 29 July 2020 17:04.