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Quincy man accused of letting his dog die in a hot car

A Quincy man will be charged with animal cruelty after he allegedly left his dog in a hot car Monday afternoon and the animal died, Quincy police said.

Police received a call at 4:43 p.m. from an employee at the Stop & Shop store on Southern Artery, saying there was a dog inside a locked car.

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Officers arrived and found the windows of the Dodge Caravan were rolled up and a beagle was lying on its side in the back seat.

The officer knocked on the glass, but the dog did not move. Police said the officer smashed the window with his baton, but the dog was already dead.

The employee said the car had been sitting in the parking lot all day, police said.

Police checked the surveillance video from Stop & Shop and saw the car pull into the parking lot at 10:30 a.m. Video also showed the driver walking down McGrath Highway.

The dog’s tags identified the owner, and police realized that a man of the same name had been taken to Quincy Medical Center earlier that day for medical evaluation.

Police said the man, identified as Michael Cabral, 58, of Quincy, had been outside a business on Spear Street at 12:38 p.m. and appeared intoxicated.

Jessica Bartlett can be reached at jessica.may.bartlett@ gmail.com.

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