A South Carolina doctor has been arrested on charges of animal cruelty after leaving nine dogs in a hot car while he went to work at a hospital on Monday.
Charles Allen Bickerstaff, 64, of Catbird Retreat on James Island near Charleston faces nine counts of ill treatment of animals, the Daily Mail reports.
The nine Cavalier King Charles Spaniels died earlier this week inside of the vehicle after they were left in five crates without food and water for three hours.
According to ABC News 4, the temperature in the car reached upwards of 90 degrees and the windows of Bickerstaff’s Ford Explorer were not open.
His attorney, Bill Thrower, said during the bail hearing that Bickerstaff had an emergency at the hospital and thought the dogs would be safe in his vehicle.
According to WAFB.com, the 64-year-old man brought six dogs that he thought were passed out to Mount Pleasant Emergency Vet to be examined, but the dogs had been dead for some time, as rigor mortis had already set in on five of them.
Vet staff contacted Mount Pleasant police, who were able to track down the suspect and arrested him Wednesday. His bail bond was set at $90,000.
Bickerstaff stated that he “feels as bad as anybody” about the death of his dogs, his attorney added.