Police arrested a retired Wesleyan University professor after his dog died after being left in his hot car on Tuesday.
David Beveridge, 79, told authorities he intended to take his 3-year-old Labradoodle, Jennie, to doggie day-care on his way to work around noon. He forgot, however, and it was 2:30 before he realized his oversight, according to the Hartford Courant.
When he ran to his car to check on the dog she was dead. Temperatures reached the 90s on Tuesday.
According to the arraignment report filed with the Middletown (CT) Police Department, Beveridge brought the dead dog to a local veterinarian, who then contacted the police.
In the course of the investigation, animal control officers learned this is not the first time Beveridge has left a dog to die in his car. NBC Connecticut reports that in May of 2014 Beveridge’s 4-year-old poodle mix, Charlie, died after being left in the car.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), on an 85 degree day it only takes ten minutes for the inside of a car to reach 102 degrees, even with the windows left open.
Beveridge is listed on the Wesleyan University website as Professor Emeritus of Natural Science and Mathematics. According to his biography on the Wesleyan University website, Beveridge joined the faculty as a Professor of Chemistry in 1986, after teaching at the City University of New York for nearly 20 years.
The retired professor is charged with one count of animal cruelty and is due in court on July 24.