Man charged after dog left in hot car in grocery store parking lot

By Erica Young - News Producer

Kyle Dettmers, 57, has been charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly leaving his dog in a hot car.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - A man was arrested after allegedly leaving a dog in a hot car in a grocery store parking lot.

Investigators with Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office said the dog was left in the car on Aug. 8 in the HEB parking lot on Aldine Westfield near Aldine Mail Route.

Investigators said a witness first noticed the dog inside the car at 5:10 p.m. The car was off and the windows were rolled up. The dog could be seen on the floorboard and looked to be distressed.

The witness told the store manager, who then paged the owner of the car several times inside the store. No one answered the page. At 5:30 p.m. they called police.

A deputy arrived and called a wrecker to get into the car. The wrecker driver had the car opened at 5:45 p.m. The dog was alive and was turned over to animal control.

Investigators have identified the owner as Kyle Rudi Dettmers.

The deputy on the scene said Dettmers showed up at the car at 6 p.m and said he forgot to roll down the windows.

Dettmers, 57, was charged with cruelty to a non-livestock animal, a misdemeanor. He posted a $1,000 bond.

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