PD: Chained dog dies from heat in front yard of Phoenix home

Posted at 2:52 PM, Jun 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-28 17:52:52-04

Police say a dog is dead after being left tied up in a west Phoenix front yards for hours while his owner was at work.

Phoenix police report that on June 22 they were called to a home near 51st Avenue and McDowell Road for a collapsed animal in the front yard of a home. 

When officers arrived at the scene, they found a chained German Shepherd dead in the front yard. 

Police say "Max" had no access to water, food or shelter. He was also allegedly entangled in several patio chairs with left less than a foot of mobility. 

When police interviewed Max's owner, 38-year-old Gabriel Dominic Herrera, he reportedly told them it was an accident. 

He allegedly told police Max was "tied up in the front yard because he pooped too much in the backyard." He said he left for work forgetting Max was chained up. 

Police say the ground temperature surrounding Max was 125 degrees and Max's body temperature was measured at 155 degrees. 

Herrera has been charged with cruelty to animals.