A chemistry professor at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, was charged with animal cruelty last week after leaving his second dog in three years to die in a hot car.
Police launched an investigation into the conduct of 79-year-old David Beveridge after his three-year-old Labradoodle, Jennie, was mysteriously reported missing Tuesday.
Beveridge told officers that he had planned to drop Jennie off at a doggy daycare before a full workday at Wesleyan. But around 2:30 p.m., Beveridge claims he realized he forgot to drop the dog off and went to his car, which was parked on the side of the road next to the university in the hot sun, to find her dead. Peak temperatures that day exceeded 90 degrees.
More astounding is that according to veterinary records obtained by Middletown police, the emeritus professor had allowed his previous dog to die in the same manner in May of 2014. An animal control officer deduced Beveridge took the dog to a hospital after it died, where he received a cold greeting.
The same vet was reportedly “extremely upset” upon hearing the news of Jennie’s death, as technicians remembered when Beveridge appeared on their doorstep three years ago, clutching another dead dog, a four year old Poodle mix named Charlie. Both times, the professor claimed to have simply forgotten he left the dogs in the car.
Specializing in molecular dynamics and protein-nucleic acid recognition, Beveridge would do well to engineer a chemical for memory, as his own forgetfulness has killed two dogs in three years.
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