Dog unattended

Anne Arundel County Police say they broke the window of a truck to free a dog left unattended at a courthouse parking lot. (Anne Arundel County Police photo / July 16, 2014)

Anne Arundel County police say a man was cited Tuesday for leaving a dog unattended in a car after a passerby noticed the animal and called for assistance.

Police say they were called at about 1:14 p.m. to the Glen Burnie District Court parking lot in Glen Burnie and spoke with a witness who said she noticed a dog in a pickup truck. The witness told police she had been present at least 30 minutes. Officers said one of the truck’s windows was open about an inch and there was no water available for the dog, who police said appeared to be in distress.

Officers said they tried to find the dog’s owner in the courthouse without success. Police said temperatures were 90 degrees, so they decided to break a window to rescue the dog. The owner returned at about 1:50 p.m., and was cited for leaving an animal unattended in a vehicle.

The dog was evaluated by Animal Control officials and did not require medical attention. As a result, the animal was returned to the owner.