MASON CITY — A Mason City man accused of leaving a dog inside a truck in sweltering heat has been cited for misdemeanor animal neglect.
Police say Ryan John Bailey, 43, left a terrier mix locked inside a broken-down truck at Taco John’s restaurant, 603 S. Federal Ave., during a heat wave Friday.
Employees called police after noticing the dog inside the truck, which initially broke down in the drive-through lane and was later pushed into the parking lot, said Mason City Police Capt. Mike McKelvey.
He said witnesses reported the dog was likely inside the truck from about 11 a.m., when the vehicle broke down, to about 2 p.m. when they realized it was still in the truck and called police.
“They looked out the window there and noticed this dog acting sick or (like) it needed help out in the parking lot,” McKelvey said.
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The dog was taken to the Mason City Stray Animal Shelter by an animal control officer, who issued the citation.
Authorities said the dog is still at the shelter and is expected to recover.
Police estimated the exterior temperature reached between 87 to 91 degrees during the time the dog was locked in the truck.
Bailey was issued a citation. He was not arrested.