Dog owner cleared of cruelty as his Tesla’s climate control meant his poodle was chilling

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Ross Hunt had animal cruelty charges dismissed. Photo: Paddy Cummins

Ross Hunt had animal cruelty charges dismissed. Photo: Paddy Cummins
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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.

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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…

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