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Dog rescued from back of U-Haul dies

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Good Samaritans attend to a cocker spaniel that was allegedly put in the back of a U-Haul truck.  Authorities say the dog later died. Good Samaritans attend to a cocker spaniel that was allegedly put in the back of a U-Haul truck. Authorities say the dog later died.

A dog that was rescued from a hot U-Haul truck on Monday in Bartow County has died, and its owner faces animal cruelty charges.

On Monday morning, police arrested 50-year-old Jerry Mason at a gas station in Cartersville.  A witness, John Artemis, told police he saw Mason trying to pull a cocker spaniel named Scotty from a lawn chair in the back of the truck.  Artemis says he jumped in and untangeled the dog from the chair, and then poured water over the animal to cool him off.  

Police say Mason told them he put the dog in the back of the U-Haul after it became unruly in the truck's cab.  The back of the truck was completely packed with moving boxes, loose furniture, and a lawnmower.

Mason is from Savannah, and he told police he was driving to Kentucky.  Mason told officers the dog had only been in the back of the truck for an hour, and that he didn't think that was a long period of time to keep the animal there.

A Cartersville animal control officer took the dog to a nearby veterinarian's office to be treated for possible heat stroke.   An animal hospital spokesperson wouldn't discuss the specifics of the dog's injuries.

Authorities told FOX 5 that Scotty died overnight.

Mason was taken to the Bartow County Jail and charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.  He bonded out of jail early Tuesday morning.  Police say they will not upgrade charges against Mason as there was no malicious intent on his part to purposely hurt the dog.

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