By Patrick Yost
The Madison Police Department is seeking a felony aggravated cruelty to animals warrant against a woman who allegedly let a Mastiff dog sit in an enclosed Ford Ranger for several hours before succumbing to heat–related injuries.
According to Sgt. Scott Pitocchelli, Madison Police Department, investigators are seeking the warrant against Chasity Perry, 36, Watkinsville for actions allegedly leading to the death of the dog. Pitocchelli said a concerned citizen contacted Morgan County Dispatch at noon on Wednesday, September 27 regarding a Mastiff inside a Ford Ranger pickup truck with a passenger window cracked in the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn. Madison Animal Control Officer Crystal Berisko arrived and while waiting for officers to shatter a window on the vehicle took an inside temperature reading of 110 degrees.
An officer cracked the window and Berisko and a technician from Main Street Veterinarian worked to cool the dog. The first registered temperature of the Mastiff was 109.9, Pitocchelli said.
The dog was transported to Main Street Veterinarian and was given I.V. treatments. The dog died of internal hemorrhaging during the night because of suspected organ failure, Pitocchelli said.
The 110 pound body was transported to the University of Georgia Veterinarian School for a necropsy to determine cause of death, Pitocchelli said.
Pitocchelli said an initial investigation revealed that Perry drove her husband from the motel to his job with the dog in the bed of the truck and then drove back to the motel with the dog in the passenger cab. She then allegedly left the dog in the truck. Pitocchelli said the Red Roof Inn is a pet–friendly motel.