Dog dies after being left inside hot car

A North Platte man whose dog died after being left inside his vehicle has been charged with animal abuse. Animal control officer Ted Petit says that Ted Cook had called the North Platte Animal Shelter for help after Cook found his dog in distress inside his vehicle.

It was parked outside the Great Plains Regional Medical Center, where Cook had gone to take care of some business. Petit says that when he arrived the dog was unresponsive. It was taken to a veterinarian but soon died.

Petit says Cook later told him that he'd been inside for around 15 minutes on the 80-degree day. A phone listed for Cook has been disconnected. Online court records don't list the name of Cook's attorney.