Las Vegas police arrest gambler accused of leaving husky puppy in hot car at Bellagio garage

Las Vegas, Nevada– It goes without saying that leaving a living, breathing person or animal in a vehicle outdoors, especially in the midst of extreme summers across the country, can have fatal consequences.

Las Vegas casino security guards were able to prevent that outcome earlier this month when they pulled out a husky pup who wasn’t just locked in a car that wasn’t driving. The little dog’s mouth was taped shut, police said.

On Thursday, the Las Vegas Metro Police Department released bodycam footage of an officer responding to animal rescue in the Bellagio Casino parking garage on July 20. The maximum temperature that day was 113 degrees, the department tweeted.

“Around 3pm, security discovered a puppy in a locked vehicle on the top floor of the parking garage with its mouth taped shut,” police tweeted, adding that casino security removed the dog through the vehicle’s sunroof.

Bodycam video shows the dog panting with its tongue out while being comforted by security guards and a bystander.

“He was (found) with a lot of saliva,” says the woman in the video. “And he couldn’t breathe.”

The video then shows a man approaching the scene and admitting ownership of the vehicle. He is arrested immediately.

“You’re going to jail for intentionally endangering an animal,” the officer tells the man, whom police identify as 50-year-old Raul Carbajal, of Corona Del Mar in Southern California. “Do you realize how hot it is outside? You had the car parked, the windows up, and you had tape around your dog’s mouth.”

So what was Carbajal doing the whole time the dog was locked in the car?

“In our investigation, we discovered that the dog was left in the car without air conditioning, food or water for almost two hours while the vehicle owner went in to play,” police tweeted.

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