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Bellagio Security rescues puppy from 108-degree car, mouth taped

Posted: July 21, 2022, 7:10 a.m.

Last update: July 21, 2022, 7:18 a.m.

A California man is facing an animal abuse charge after Bellagio security guards rescued a confined three-month-old puppy, reports have revealed. The 50-year-old allegedly left the young dog in a stuffy car at the casino for two hours. His mouth was taped shut.

Raul Carbajal from Corona Del Mar, CA
Raul Carbajal of Corona Del Mar, Calif., pictured above. He was charged by Metro Police after allegedly leaving a dog in a parked car. Bellagio security guards rescued the pup. The temperature in the car was close to 108 degrees. The man has been charged. (Image: LVMPD)

The temperature in the vehicle was 107.8 degrees, KSNV, said a local television station, based on police reports. The car was parked on the top floor of the Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino garage, KLAS, another TV channel said.

It was in direct sunlight, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) added.

The puppy had no food or water. The air conditioning was not on. The dog’s mouth was covered with black electrical tape, KSNV added.

A casino security guard was alerted to the puppy’s presence in the car around 3 p.m. Wednesday. The officer climbed into the car through a sunroof, police said. The guard saved the dog.

Another guard gave the dog cold water to drink. They quickly put him in an air-conditioned vehicle to cool off.

The pup apparently survived the ordeal, KLAS said. It’s not immediately clear if the pup got sick from the extreme heat. The puppy was breathing heavily when he was in the car, KSNV added.

It is not known what happened to the pup after the incident. It is believed to be a Siberian Husky, KSNV reported.

The suspect, Raul Carbajal of Corona Del Mar, Calif., parked the car around 1:13 p.m. Wednesday. He got back to the car at 3:10 p.m., KSNV said.

The police found a gambling ticket on Carbajal. He had a receipt of 75 cents, KLAS said. He posted bail. He is due in court on July 26.

The specific charge against him is the suspicion of willful or malicious torture of a dog, KSNV said

Previous Incidents

In an unrelated incident on August 4, a dog was seen in a parked car on Las Vegas Boulevard, KVVU, a local television station, reported. It was 108 degrees outside.

This dog was panting and struggling to breathe, according to Metro Police.

An LVMPD agent pulled the dog out of the car. She was placed in an air-conditioned subway police car. A Clark County animal control officer also showed up. The dog’s owner received a citation, KVVU said.

Additionally, in July 2021, LVMPD officers removed two pugs from a car parked at a Walmart. One of the pugs had to be euthanized. He had been injured by the heat.

Additionally, in June 2021, a Las Vegas woman allegedly left her dog in a hot SUV parked at the Wild Wild West Casino. Two weeks later, she left the same animal in the same SUV outside a Goodwill store on another hot day, police said.

When a police officer arrived at the store, the dog was panting heavily, barking, seemed distressed and had no water, KVVU said. The SUV was turned off. It was locked with the windows closed. An officer broke the window of the SUV to save the dog.

Reminder to Pet Owners

Summertime incidents remind pet owners of the risks to pets of being in a vehicle when temperatures are high.

“On a hot day, temperatures inside a vehicle can quickly rise to dangerous levels,” said Jessica Simpson, public policy specialist at the Humane Society of the United States. Casino.org Last year.

On an 85 degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows slightly open can reach 102 degrees in 10 minutes,” Simpson said Casino.org. “After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees and the animal may suffer irreversible organ damage, convulsions or die.”

Also, short-muzzled, long-haired or younger dogs are at even greater risk of being in a hot car, she said.

Subway cops have made numerous statements about heat hazards to animals and potential charges to owners.