Owner tries out for American Idol while dog dies slowly in hot car

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A man who drove his girlfriend from North Dakota to Denver for an audition for ``American Idol'' faces an animal cruelty charge after the woman's dog died in a hot car.

Denver police say 24-year-old Quincy Vanderbilt was issued a misdemeanor summons Wednesday. Authorities say Vanderbilt left the small terrier in the car with the windows rolled up Tuesday morning.
The temperature reached 90 degrees during the day.

Denver District Attorney's spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough says Vanderbilt was supposed to periodically check on the dog, but didn't.

She says when he checked on it at 2 p.m. it was dead. Vanderbilt's first court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 20.

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