Three owners charged with animal cruelty

MANSFIELD – Mansfield Police say three pet owners have been charged with animal cruelty and another offense after they allegedly left their dogs in hot cars at a Phish concert last week.

Police said in a statement that bike officers rescued Charlie, Lucky and Lulu on Thursday after they were left unattended in 80-degree weather in cars without water or adequate ventilation.

“Even though the cocnert started just after 7 p.m., the outside temperature was over 80 degrees with high humidity,” the department said in the statement posted on Facebook.

Police credited “alert and sympathetic bystanders” with telling officers about the trapped dogs, saying officers moved quickly to remove the “animals in distress” from the hot cars.

They were taken to Tufts Veterinary Emergency Services in Walpole for assessment after being given water and sat in front of fans, police said.

All three dogs are in good health and are now staying at an air-conditioned animal shelter in Mansfield, the statement said.

Police said the three pet owners will be summoned to Attleboro District Court for animal cruelty and confinement of an animal in a motor vehicle causing exposure to extreme heat.

The department also installed two electronic signs in the area to warn spectators and others of the dangers of leaving pets in hot cars.

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