Portland man accused of leaving dogs in hot car

Posted July 15, 2011, at 9:44 a.m.
Last modified July 15, 2011, at 10:09 a.m.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Portsmouth police have charged a Maine man with animal cruelty for allegedly leaving two dogs in a car with an interior temperature of 106 degrees.

Police say 32-year-old Matt McKeever of Portland turned himself in on a warrant for the animal cruelty charges on Thursday and was released on $500 personal recognizance bail. He’s scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 15 in Portsmouth District Court.

The dogs remained in the care of a veterinarian. Police tell The Portsmouth Herald they are seeking a court order to gain temporary custody of the dogs.

The dogs were spotted Wednesday by people working at businesses on Market Street. One person took the “lethargic” dogs out of the unlocked vehicle, where they had been for 45 minutes, and into an air conditioned store.