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Reynoldsburg: Charges filed against man who left dog in vehicle on hot day

Wednesday July 3, 2013 9:52 AM

Reynoldsburg police charged a man late last month after finding his dog locked in a car and "panting heavily" on a 90-degree day.

The reporting officer estimated the temperature in the car may have been more than 120 degrees.

He said he was dispatched at 2:30 p.m. June 22 to the parking lot of a business in the 2700 block of Taylor Road, where he found a small beagle locked inside a pickup truck. The windows were open less than one inch on each side of the vehicle.

The officer said he opened the car with an unlocking tool and wedge to get the dog out, then left a note for the owner, advising he could claim the dog at the police station.

When the owner came to get his dog, he claimed police had damaged the glass in his vehicle windows. The officer charged the man with animal cruelty.

In other police reports:

* A woman reported someone tried to kick the door of her home residence in the 6600 block of Steinway Drive June 26. She said she was in her bedroom when she heard a loud bang that caused items to fall off a wall and the back of the door. She said she called 911 and grabbed her handgun.

The reporting officer said there was a large footprint on the door, with a "distinctive crisscross pattern which resembled a series of diamonds." He said there were no known suspects at the time of the report.

* A woman reported a pellet gun was fired at her children June 21 in the 1400 block of Mariner Drive. The reporting officer said the woman told him she knew the names of the boys responsible and she wanted their pellet gun destroyed. The officer met with all the parents involved and one parent showed him the destroyed pellet gun.

A family member of one of the boys told police the boy ran away from his mother. The officer said he found the boy and placed him in his cruiser and told him he could be charged with unruliness if he continued to disobey his mother. "(The boy) stated that he did not want to go home because he was afraid of being spanked," the officer wrote in his report.

He said he told the boy that "in Ohio, his mother can discipline him."

* A man reported his pickup truck was stolen between 4 p.m. June 21 and 1:30 p.m. June 22 while it was parked in the 7800 block of Palmer Road. He told police a trailer was attached to the truck, but when he arrived home, only the trailer was in the driveway. He said he has all the keys to his truck and that the doors were locked. Missing with the truck are a GPS and vehicle programmer.

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