A Westchester County man left his two pit bulls baking in a hot car in the Bronx on Sunday afternoon, killing one, police sources said Sunday.
Cops found the two dogs in a locked car parked on Murdock Ave. by E. 242nd St. in Wakefield at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Police said someone called 311 with a complaint about the cruelty.
The dogs had no water, food or air, and the temperature outside was about 85 degrees, according to police. The surviving dog had to be resuscitated.
The dogs’ owner, Gladstone Dankin, 29, of Mount Vernon, showed up afterward and told police his dogs were lost and he couldn’t find them, authorities said.
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Police determined the car belonged to him, though, and charged him with two counts of aggravated animal cruelty, cops said.
Authorities deferred prosecution on those charges, pending the results of a necropsy and witness interviews, a spokeswoman for the Bronx District Attorney said Monday.