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Police ID owner of dog found dead in hot car

(Photo: Frankie Jupiter, FOX19 NOW) (Photo: Frankie Jupiter, FOX19 NOW)

Police have identified the owner of the dog that died in a hot car in a Corryville business parking lot. 

The dog was found inside Luis Rodrigo Patino's vehicle Wednesday afternoon in the 200 block of Stetson Street around 1:30 p.m..

A passerby called 911 after seeing a 2-year-old collie Australian shepherd mix left inside a silver BMW with the windows rolled up.

The dog looked lethargic and looked like it was taking its last breath, according to a passerby who called 911. 

“Slavering profusely, heavy panting, look for the window, no windows were even cracked,” said passerby Tara Minter.

Minter knew she had to find the owner of the dog and fast. She called police and SPCA. 

CPD broke the window. The SPCA believes at the moment they attempted to move the dog to the SPCA van which was air conditioned, the dog passed away.

“It’s heartbreaking. It hurts. It’s something that’s going to weight heavy on my heart for a little bit, but I have to remain confident that I made four phone calls, two to each the SPCA and two the Cincinnati police department,” said Minter. 

The dog died of a heat stroke because the temperature was so hot inside the car, officials said. When officials took the dog's temperature, the temperature exceeded over 111 degrees on the thermometer. 

“Even though the breeze is blowing. There’s no breeze inside that car and with sun going into the windows the temperatures in that car goes to 140,150,” SPCA President Harold Dates.

Officials say Patino normally takes the dog to daycare but forgot.  

Patino, 39, can be fined up $1,000 and cited with negligence and animal cruelty, both punishable up to six months in jail. He will appear in court on Oct. 21. 

SPCA is handling the investigation.

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