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Man fined for ‘cooking’ Rottweiler

A MAN who left his Rottweiler to die in a car in soaring temperatures has been fined and banned from keeping dogs for a year.

Married James MacDonald left the bitch, called Sasha, inside his car last August, while he visited a mistress in a bed and breakfast. In an RSPCA interview later, MacDonald said he was told that animals were not allowed inside the B&B so was left with no choice but to leave her in the car with the window slightly open.

However, as temperatures inside the car rose to lethal heights, the landlady of the B&B noticed that there was a ‘distressed’ dog in the car, which had been parked, she said, in direct sunlight.
Paddy Roche, prosecuting, told the court that the landlady of the B&B saw MacDonald pull into the car park in his navy blue BMW before going to visit the Eastern European woman. However, when she left to go to the shops, she noticed the ‘distressed’ female Rottweiler panting in the back of the saloon car. ‘The landlady went past the car and realised the dog was a Rottweiler and it was in distress. It was panting badly with long drawn out pants. Only one of the rear windows was open and it was open by two inches.’

The worried landlady called the RSPCA, who in turn alerted the police before rushing to the scene. Experts said the dog had died after an agonising two hours inside the vehicle which had been parked in direct sunlight.

Sasha's owner was fined £574 after admitting locking it in his BMW saloon. Magistrates also banned him from keeping animals for a year, meaning he will be allowed to keep dogs in future.


‘A PCSO arrived first and, with the help of the landlady's husband, smashed in the driver's window of the car,’ added Mr Roche. ‘They described the heat of the inside of the car as being like an Aga oven.’ A vet then clambered inside the vehicle and found Sasha wedged in a footwell under the driver's seat of the car, where she had desperately tried to escape from the blistering heat and intense sunlight. Six bottles of water were also discovered inside the car - but all the tops had been left screwed on.

After her body was pulled out of the car a temperature reading was taken using a thermometer which had a maximum of 42 degrees centigrade. However, the mercury shot straight off the scale. A post mortem examination on Sasha's body had suffered multiple organ failure due to the overwhelming heat.

He told Inspector Will Rippon that he ‘loved that dog so much’ and wished he could turn the clock back.

Shirley Selby, defending, said the dog's death had been caused by a ‘total error of judgement’ by MacDonald, who had owned her since she was rescued at the age of two-and-a-half years. She told JPs that he was ‘completely devastated’ by the death.

MacDonald admitted a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.


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