Middletown police have arrested a local man and Wesleyan University professor whose dog died in a hot car after he forgot to bring it to doggie daycare Tuesday, according to police.
Police said they were called to investigate a missing 3-year-old Labradoodle named Jennie Tuesday and determined the dog had died.
Authorities said 79-year-old David Beveridge, of Middletown, intended to bring the dog to doggie daycare around noon before going to work, but instead went to work and left Jennie in a car parked on Lawn Avenue.
Wesleyan University officials said Beveridge is professor of chemistry, emeritus at the school.
Beveridge told police that he remembered that he neglected to bring the dog to doggie daycare, went to check on her and found she was dead, according to police.
As police investigated, they determined that Beveridge brought the dog to a local veterinarian who was upset because Jennie wasn’t the first dog that died because he’d left it in a hot car, according to police.
In May 2014, Beveridge’s dog Charlie, a 4-year-old poodle mix, died after he left it in his car, according to police.
Beveridge has been charged with cruelty to animals. The Associated Press left a message for him, but it was not immediately returned.
The case was continued to Aug. 21.
Police are continuing to investigate and ask anyone with information to contact Middletown Animal Control at 860-638-4030.