WAUSAU (WAOW) - The owner of a dog that died in a locked car with its windows up as temperatures inside soared to 120 degrees has been ordered into Marathon County Circuit Court after being charged with felony mistreatment of an animal causing its death.
A criminal complaint accusing Michael Mosher, 67, of Cornell, Mich., of the crime was filed Friday, according to online court records. He is to make his initial appearance Aug. 27.
Mosher's three-year-old English Setter -- named Bella -- died of heat stroke June 29 in the parking lot of Aspirus Hospital in Wausau. Mosher told police he was in Wausau to visit a relative in the hospital.
Video of hospital parking lot F showed Mosher checking on Bella at 11:30 a.m. but by 1:45 p.m., when police had been summoned following a call of a dog in distress as it pawed at the door, the dog was dead.
Police said the temperature on the vehicle's glass was 120 degrees. The outside temperature under sunny skies was about 80 degrees.
A police video of the scene captured Mosher telling officers, "It's my fault. Come out here, run the air conditioner, shut the windows, and you hear of people and think how could anybody be that dumb? I know how anybody could be that dumb, because I just did it."