An Artificial intelligence (AI) expert has been cleared of breaking animal welfare laws after a judge accepted he had climate control switched on when he left his dog in his car during a heatwave.
Animal lover Ross Hunt, of Rock Road, Blackrock, Dublin, pleaded not guilty to charges under the Animal, Health and Welfare Act.
A passer-by noticed toy poodle, Loki, in the Tesla S model car parked at Herbert Road, in Dublin 4, while Mr Hunt was attending a meeting with his solicitor at Roly’s Bistro in Ballsbridge, Dublin District Court heard.
Loki was seen for about an hour in the Tesla whose windows were up despite it being a summer’s day.
Mr Hunt tried to explain about his car’s air-conditioning system to a Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) inspector and a garda, but they did not…