Dog Dies In Sweltering Saturday Heat, Owner Charged

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OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio — A dog owner, whose pet mastiff died on Saturday, has been charged with cruelty to animals after the dog was left out in the heat all day.

According to a police report on the incident, officers first checked on the dog at 11:17 a.m. after receiving a call from a neighbor. The neighbor said the dog was left outside without water and shade.

An officer went to the home of Ronald Champman on Lindberg Blvd., and found the dog on a chain with access to a large bowl of water and shade.

According to the report, the responding officer stated, “I did not see any trauma to the dog and did try to make contact with the home owner, there was no answer.”

The officer drove by the home again at 12:50 p.m., according to the report, and saw the dog laying in the shade next to the house. The officer stated in the report that the animal “appeared to be OK and not in duress.”

A second call to police from a neighbor placed around 2:40 p.m. alerted authorities that the dog was convulsing in the backyard. 

Police responded to the home to find the dog in convulsions. According to the report they began hosing the dog off in an effort to lower the animal’s body temperature. 

While police were hosing off the dog, Chapman came outside and began assisting officers.

Chapman told police that he had been inside sleeping and did not know that his son had let the dog out of the home earlier in the day.

The dog passed away while being treated by the officer.

Chapman was cited on scene for cruelty to animals and is scheduled to appear in Olmsted Falls Municipal Court on July 24, 2012.