Cape man faces drug, cruelty charges

An Eastham man faced animal cruelty and drug charges Wednesday after police allegedly found a Mason jar stuffed with marijuana when they rescued his dog, which was locked in a 100-degree car, Barnstable police said.

On Tuesday, officers spotted a golden retriever locked in a car in a Cape Cod Community College parking lot at 2:30 p.m., police said.

The unoccupied red 1996 Honda Civic was parked in the sun, prompting officers to check on the dog’s welfare.


The car had a partially open window, but no water for the dog.

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The responding officer gave the ­apparently dehydrated dog water through the open window while officers worked to locate Peter M. Giblin, 25, the car’s owner and a Cape Cod Community College student, police said.

Officers found the temperature inside the Civic was 106 degrees.

After being unable to contact ­Giblin, the officers opened the door and took control of the dog.

At the same time, police said, they discovered a Mason jar with six bags of marijuana packaged for sale.


The dog, named Cooper, was taken to Barnstable ­Animal Control for follow-up. It was not clear how long ­Cooper was in the car.

Giblin returned to his vehicle at 3:40 p.m., and when questioned by officers about the situation, he became uncooperative, police said.

Giblin pleaded not guilty in Barnstable District Court Wednesday to a felony charge of cruelty to animals and possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute.

Globe correspondent Haven Orecchio-Egresitz contributed. Lauren Dezenski can be reached at lauren.dezenski@
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