Witness Calls Cops. Man Buying Dinner At Kapow As Dogs Sweat In 94 Degree Mercedes. No Water. No Air Conditioning.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A Boca Raton man is facing an animal cruelty charge after police say he left two dogs in his hot car at Mizner Park while he picked up dinner at “Kapow!” The following narrative, written by one of the responding City of Boca Raton Police Officers, reveals just how concerned officers were as they realized the climbing temperature inside the Mercedes SUV was creating a potentially significant health hazard for the animals.
On 08/17/2022 at approximately 1849 hours I responded to 300 Plaza Real (Mizner Park) in regards to two dogs left in a vehicle. Upon my arrival at 1856 hours, I observed a white Mercedes Benz SUV bearing OH Temp Tag: P414206 parallel parked. The vehicle was turned off, with the windows rolled up, and two dogs in the vehicle.
There was a chocolate lab laying on the front passenger seat The lab was rapidly panting and appeared extremely fatigued. The second dog, a German Shepard, was barking aggressively and rapidly panting at the same time. The Shepard appeared protective over the lab. While on scene, I met with a witness/caller, who advised she arrived at around 1815 hours and noticed the two dogs in the vehicle without the vehicle running.
The caller attempted to find the owner in the vicinity but could not locate the owner (s). The caller advised she was very concerned for the dogs due to the rapid panting and the appearance of the lab which seemed in distress. Therefore, she called BRPD.
It then became evident the vehicle was unlocked. Due to the exigent circumstances and my overall concern for the safety and well-being of both dogs, Officer Felix and I opened the vehicle‘s front driver and passenger door. This allowed the heat to escape and for the dogs to have air to breathe. Due to the aggressive signs the Shepard showed, it was unsafe for the officers to attempt to remove the dogs.
The vehicle was keyless and a push-to-start. The dash showed that the key was somewhere inside the vehicle. We then attempted to turn on the vehicle but the dogs were protective of the vehicle and we were not able to. We were then able to place a water bowl in the back of the vehicle which both dogs immediately went to the water bowl and drank it all At. 1941 hours animal control officer D Harvey #2118 arrived on scene for removal of the dogs. Harvey arrived with a temperature reader which read 94 degrees Fahrenheit for the interior of the vehicle. It should be noted this was after approximately 30 mins with the doors ajar. Harvey was able to remove the lab from the vehicle and check for a chip. The lab did not have a chip. As Harvey was placing the lab into his vehicle, the owner of the dogs, Arora Pranav arrived at approximately 1950.
Since the arrival of officers, the dogs have been in the vehicle, without water, food, air-conditioning, with a temperature of 94 degrees for approximately an hour. The dogs showed extreme fatigue and distress while in the vehicle. Therefore, my investigation concluded that Arora Pranav actually carried his animals in a vehicle, in a cruel and inhumane manner, by leaving them unattended without basic necessities. Arora Pranav was placed under arrest for the crime of Animal Cruelty, pursuant to F. S. S 828.12 (1) (c).
Arora Pranav was read his Miranda Rights from a pre-printed card, which he advised he understood his rights. Post Miranda, Pranav stated he and his friend arrived at Miner park at 1845 hours. Pranav advised he left his vehicle running and the key in the center console and went to pick up a takeout from Kapow.
Pranav then advised he and his friend were about to walk around Miner Park. Pranav then advised they walked back to the vehicle and saw the officers. It should be noted Pranav did not know it was now 1950 hours Arora Pranav was placed into handcuffs which were checked for tightness and double locked. Pranav was then transported to BRPD for booking and later transported to Palm Beach County Jail.
Parnav Arora, 26, is now charged with “conservation – animals – torment, deprive, mutilate, kill.” He was booked into the Palm Beach County around 11 p.m. Wednesday and released on his own recognizance at 3:16 a.m. Thursday. A court date is pending for his first appearance. He lives in the 400 block of Spanish River Trail.
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