NJ man charged in death of dog left out in sweltering heat

BRICK, N.J. (AP) -- A man whose dog died after she was left outside on a fire escape in sweltering temperatures for several hours is now facing animal cruelty charges.

Brick police responded to Jonathan Correa's home shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday after neighbors reported the female "Cane Corso-type" dog was unconscious and in severe distress. Temperatures at the time were around 100 degrees.

The officers tried to cool down the dog and took her to an animal hospital, but she died there Tuesday morning.

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The 29-year-old Correa was charged with failing to provide necessary care to an animal or living creature, exposing it to adverse weather conditions, failing to provide a shelter of the proper size and failing to obtain a dog license.

A telephone number for Correa couldn't be located Tuesday. It wasn't known if he's retained an attorney.

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