BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – Belchertown Police were called to Cold Spring Country Club Tuesday afternoon, for a report of a dog who had died after being left in a car.
In a release sent to 22News, Belchertown police say the dog was found dead after being left unattended in a car around 4:15 p.m.
The dog was the service dog of one of the maintenance workers at the club, and was left in the car with the air conditioning on.
Temperatures reached above 90 degrees Tuesday, marking the second heat wave of the year.
Club manager Christopher Brunelle told 22News when the employee went back to the car, the dog was dead, with the air on.
Police are now investigating if heat was a factor, or if the dog died of natural causes.
Brunelle said each day, the dog was either left in the car for half an hour with the air on, or went onto the course.
“The dog came to work with him every day for three years. the dog was very familiar with the golf course, the employees here, that type of thing. He came in here literally after his shift, and came out about a half hour later, and that’s when it happened,” Brunelle said.
The dog’s age is unknown.
Belchertown police are still investigating this incident, and possible charges could be filed.
With the recent hot weather, even with the A-C on, it’s best to either take the dog with you or leave your dog at home.
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