A man accused of leaving his dog in a car for several hours in Sydney’s southwest has been charged.
A member of the public alerted police after seeing the dog in a distressed state in a vehicle parked in a Padstow driveway about 10am on Monday, NSW Police said.
Officers attended and located the Toyota sedan with the engine running before the owner, a 49-year-old man, returned to the vehicle and spoke with officers.
The five-year-old Rottweiler cross was taken to a local vet, where she was declared deceased.
Following inquiries, the man was charged with commit an act of aggravated cruelty upon an animal, leave vehicle leave engine on, and not remove ignition key (vehicle unattended).
He is due to appear at Bankstown Local Court on January 14.
NSW Police took the opportunity to remind motorists not to leave children, the elderly, or pets unattended in a car – even with the air conditioning running.