Dog dies due to heat wave

ALBANY, Ga. -- A dog chained in a yard without water, shade or food died due to 96-degree temperatures Thursday, an Albany Police Department report stated.

"An initial observation of the dog made by an animal control agent at the scene revealed that the dog possibly died from a heat stroke," APD spokeswoman Phyllis Banks said.

"An autopsy, which is being conducted by a local veterinarian, will assist with substantiating the agent's preliminary findings."

The dog was tied with a chain in the yard of a residence on the 1900 block of Cobblestone Court, the police report stated.

"The case is under investigation, and we are not releasing the name of the dog's owner," said Banks, who noted that pets should not be left to fend for themselves in cars.

"The inside of your car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even if you are parked in the shade," Banks said.

"Pets left in hot cars can suffer heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage and even die."