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Animal Cruelty

Dog dies after being left in hot car at Bloom festival

Gardaí are investigating after they were called to the Phoenix Park to try and rescue the dog.

GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING after a dog reportedly died after being left in a car in sweltering temperatures at the Bloom festival in Dublin last week.

Officers were called to the Phoenix Park during the festival last Friday afternoon, after passers-by raised concerns about a dog that had been left in a car without water or the windows opened.

The dog’s owner was attending the Bloom garden festival at the time and temperatures soared to over 18 degrees throughout the day.

30/5/2015. Bloom Garden Festivals Visitors at the Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park last week. Sam Boal Sam Boal

A Garda spokesman told the dog was taken to the vet, however, the Sun reported it died from dehydration.

Gardaí in Blanchardstown are now investigating a case of alleged animal cruelty, the spokesman said.

Under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, a person can be fined up to €5,000 and/or imprisoned for up to six months for animal cruelty.

For more serious offences, penalties of up to €250,000 fine and up to five years’ imprisonment can be imposed.

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