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Quincy man accused of leaving dog to die in hot car

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  July 9, 2013 10:48 AM

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A Quincy man will be charged with cruelty to animals after he allegedly left his dog to die in hot car Monday afternoon, police said.

Police received a call at 4:43 p.m. from an employee at the Stop & Shop on Southern Artery, saying there was a dog inside a locked car.

Police arrived and found the car windows were rolled up and a beagle was lying on its side in the back seat with its tongue sticking out.

The officer knocked on the glass, but the dog didn’t move. Police said the officer then took out his baton and smashed the window; however, the dog was already dead.

According to police, the employee said the car had been sitting in the parking lot all day.

Police checked the surveillance video from Stop & Shop and saw the car pull into the parking lot at 10:30 a.m. Video also showed the driver walking down McGrath Highway.

The dog's tags identified the owner, and police soon realized that a man of the same name had been taken to Quincy Medical Center earlier that day for medical evaluation.

According to police, the man had been outside a business on Spear Street at 12:38 p.m. and appeared intoxicated.

Michael Cabral, 58, from Quincy will be charged with cruelty to animals by custodian, police said. A complaint has been filed, police said, and Carbral will be summonsed to court to be charged.

According to police, Carbral showed a reckless disregard of his dog’s safety by taking alcohol and pills, and either forgot the dog was in the car or didn’t care.

Cabral could not be reached for comment.

Police are using the incident as an example of why people should be careful in hot weather.

“Police are advising people in this heat not to leave animals, children or anyone in a vehicle. It gets too hot too quick and can be fatal,” Quincy Police Captain John Dougan said.

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