Man Arrested Over Dog Death

A man's questioned by police after a dog dies shortly after being removed from a hot car in Hackney.

Officers were called to St Helier Court, De Beauvoir Estate, Haggerston at 12.35pm on Saturday 26 July 2014 after concerns were raised for a dog locked in a vehicle for an unknown period of time with no open windows and in the heat.

Hackney police officers who attended found several members of the public pouring water over a German shepherd dog lying on the floor, while breathing heavily.

The dog had been seen by a member of the public who alerted police and people living in the area. The owner of the vehicle was found and returned to the vehicle to release the dog.

Police took the dog to an east London animal hospital in an attempt to obtain medical assistance but the dog died on route.

The dog owner, a 27-year-old man, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of animal cruelty. He was released on bail to return to an east London police station on a date at the end of September.

A post-mortem examination was carried out by the RSPCA and police await the results.

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