Dog dies in car while owner is in bar

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Peter Belford, 68, is facing one count of animal cruelty after allegedly leaving his dog in a car for four hours.

Phoenix, AZ (KPHO) — A Scottsdale man has been arrested after he went into a Phoenix bar on Sunday morning and allegedly left his dog in a car for four hours.

Peter Belford, 68, is facing one count of animal cruelty.

According to police, Belford left his black Labrador in the car with the window rolled half-way down, and then walked into the Gallagher’s Sports Grill on Carefree Highway near Cave Creek Road in north Phoenix.

Belford told officers he first walked in around 10 a.m. Sunday and returned two hours later to give his dog some water.

After that, he walked back inside the bar and was inside for another two hours before coming back outside. Belford said that’s when he found his dog dead. Police say he then went back inside the bar, paid his bill and drove home.

He said called his wife and told her what had happened and then she called Scottsdale police.

Officers said Belford admitted that he didn’t try to take the dog to a veterinarian and he didn’t try calling anyone for help.

Phoenix’s high Sunday was 95.

Belford was released on his own recognizance after appearing in court Monday. A call to his residence was not answered.

By Phil Rabon