- Associated Press - Friday, July 11, 2014

JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) - A Providence man has been charged under a new state law that makes it a crime to leave an animal in a very hot or very cold car.

Forty-eight-year-old David Rodriguez turned himself in to Johnston police Tuesday, a day after officers removed his poodle from a car at the BJ Wholesale Club. He faces the new misdemeanor charge of illegal confinement of an animal in a motor vehicle.

Police say the temperature in the car was 124 degrees and the dog was having trouble breathing.

The poodle has been turned over to the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Rodriguez is due in court on July 16. He faces up to a year in jail if convicted.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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