RICHMOND — Cameron M. Hunter, 18, of Oak Street, was charged Thursday with animal cruelty and several other offenses, including marijuana possession, according to a Richmond police report.
An officer was dispatched to Irvine Street after police received a call about a small dog locked inside a vehicle. The officer observed a puppy in the passenger-side floorboard of the vehicle panting heavily. The vehicle was locked and one window was cracked approximately three inches. Exterior temperatures were approximately 83 degrees, and the puppy had been left for 30 to 45 minutes, according to the police report.
The puppy was removed and supplied with water from the officer’s patrol vehicle. Hunter arrived soon afterward and claimed ownership of the vehicle and puppy, the report stated.
He was charged with second-degree cruelty to animals, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia based on the officer finding a pipe containing marijuana residue inside the vehicle, the report stated.
Hunter was cited and released, according to the report.