Southington police charge man after dog was left in vehicle for over an hour

Published on Tuesday, 4 June 2019 20:03


SOUTHINGTON - A local man is facing a cruelty to animals charge after allegedly leaving a dog in a car on a warm day for over an hour.

Richard Tully, 74, was arrested May 20 after a bulldog was treated for heatstroke, police said Tuesday.

Officers were called to a residential driveway on Bristol Street on the report that a dog had been left in a parked vehicle. Police found the bulldog with its head hanging out of the window, “drooling heavily,” with dried saliva running down the window. It was 83 degrees outside at the time.

A witness told police the dog had been in the car for at least an hour.

The dog was removed from the vehicle, as the door was unlocked, and was in need of medical attention, police said.

An animal control officer took the bulldog to a veterinarian. The animal was diagnosed with heatstroke and treated.

Police said the dog has been released to the animal control facility, where it is doing well.

Tully, police said, was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals. He was released without having to post bond.

Tully was scheduled to be arraigned this week in Bristol Superior Court. His case was continued to July 8. He has not entered a plea.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Tuesday, 4 June 2019 20:03. Updated: Tuesday, 4 June 2019 20:05.