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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Was man charged in death of dogs left in hot vehicle?

Q: Was Trevor Courtney ever charged in the death of four dogs in August 2014, and if so, what was his sentence?

Maggie, Sacramento

A: Trevor Courtney was charged with animal cruelty in the death of four dogs that were left in a hot car, but, according to Sacramento Superior Court online records, the charge was dismissed in March.

Courtney initially was cited on suspicion of endangering the animals’ health by leaving them in the vehicle. Three pit bulls were already dead when a sheriff’s deputy found them in a hot car outside a Fair Oaks Boulevard apartment complex. A fourth dog was suffering from heat stroke. It was taken to a veterinarian, but it ultimately had to be euthanized due to severe organ damage.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies were called about 4 p.m. to the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 2500 block of Fair Oaks Boulevard after a passer-by reported seeing the four pit bulls inside a sport utility vehicle parked in the sun. The sheriff’s department said a deputy arrived within 10 minutes and began trying to get the dogs out. The temperature outside the SUV was 95 degrees. All four windows were cracked open, which allowed the deputy to reach inside and unlock the door.

Courtney was visiting someone at the complex when he left the dogs unattended, deputies said.