BELMONT (CBS SF) – A 50-year-old transient has been arrested for animal cruelty after his dog died inside his truck at a motel parking lot.

On Monday, Belmont Police responded to a call of a dog in distress on the 1100 block of Shoreway Rd.  Officers found “Elisha,” an unresponsive 8-year-old German Shepherd in distress, inside the cab of a black 2011 Toyota pick-up truck.  The dog had been left in the truck with the windows rolled up and without water, according to Belmont police.

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San Mateo County Animal Rescue & Control team, from the Peninsula Humane Society, was called immediately and responded to the scene.  In spite of their efforts, Elisha died en route to an veterinary emergency clinic.

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Elisha’s owner, Joseph Regis Jr., was contacted in a motel room by officers.  Regis, who was asleep when officers came knocking, told officers he had last checked on Elisha at 3:00 a.m.   Regis was arrested without incident and was booked into the San Mateo County Jail in Redwood City on a charge of felony animal cruelty.

The Peninsula Humane Society says that, when it’s 80 degrees outside, a car can heat up to over 120 degrees in just minutes.

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