Purcell left his dog -- not just inside his truck but -- locked inside a crate in the back seat of his pick-up truck while temperatures reached 92 degrees with a heat index of 102.
According to a witness, Purcell was eating dinner at Mellow Mushroom when Pooler Fire Rescue arrived trying to get the dog out of the vehicle.
Moments later servers began to ask whose car it was before he admitted it belonged to him.
Purcell was arrested and charged with Animal Cruelty.
“In 10 minutes you can see the temp rising 15-20 degrees above normal and so their temperature is already increasing even in that short period of time,” Associate Veterinarian Michael Brown said.
The risks are the pet’s potentially experiencing heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
Full Name: Keith Lyndal Purcell
Arrest Age: 58
Arrest Date: 07/07/2017
Arrest Time: 9:10 PM
Arresting Agency: POOLER PD
Total Bond: $1300
#1 CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
STATUTE: 16-12-4 (M)