BELMONT -- A 50-year-old transient was arrested Monday after his dog was found unresponsive inside his truck in a motel parking lot and later died, police said.
Around 10:30 a.m., Belmont police responded to a motel on the 1100 block of Shoreway Road in Belmont after someone saw a dog inside a black Toyota pickup parked in the motel's parking lot, Capt. Patrick Halleran said. When officers arrived, they found an 8-year-old German shepherd named "Elisha" unresponsive inside the truck, without food, water or fresh air.
The San Mateo County Animal Rescue & Control went to the motel to try and help the dog, but Halleran said the dog died en route to an emergency veterinary clinic.
Elisha's owner, Joseph Regis Jr., was asleep in a motel room when officers found him. Regis told police he checked on the dog at 3 a.m. and that his pet seemed fine.
Regis was arrested and booked into the San Mateo County Jail in Redwood City on suspicion of felony animal cruelty.
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