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Dunlap police cite man for leaving pets in hot truck

July 15 2019 – Police were called to the Walmart parking lot in Dunlap Sunday, July 14, because several pets were left in a hot vehicle. Officers from the Dunlap Police Department (DPD) cited Mark Tice, 39, of Dunlap, for cruelty to animals, Lt. Randy Phillips said today.

A puppy and a kitten had been left in the cab of a pickup truck, and a female golden retriever was found “tethered” in the bed of the truck, while the owner was inside the store.

According to the officers' report, “There was a large group of individuals near a Ford F150 pickup. A female bystander was holding a small black kitten and a black puppy.” The outside temperature at about 3 p.m. – the time police arrived – was reported to be 82 degrees.

According to Police Chief Clint Huth, when the outside temperature is 80 degrees the temperature inside a closed vehicle can climb to 114 degrees in 30 minutes.

Officers ran the tag to determine the name of the owner and then had employees page the man inside the store.

It is unknown at this time how long Tice had been in the store, or what the temperature was in the truck when the animals were taken out.

Tice will appear in City Court to answer the charge of cruelty to animals, Phillips said.