LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A Gateway Charter High School teacher is facing an animal cruelty charge after Lee County Domestic Animal Services said he kept a puppy in his trunk while he was at school.
Lee County Domestic Animal Services said Mathew Emans could face up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine for the misdemeanor charge.
The puppy, a Staffordshire Terrier, was discovered in the trunk around 11 a.m. Friday after two students noticed a man take the puppy out of his car, walk it and put it back in the trunk, according to a LCDAS release.
The students notified the school resource officer, who determined the car belonged to Emans.
Emans was instructed to open the trunk, and the puppy was found alive inside
Lee County Domestic Animal Services took ownership of the pup and took it to the agency's clinic for care.
The puppy was panting heavily and in need of water, according to the release.
Emans told investigators he planned on having the puppy in the trunk for a few hours while he was at school.
Investigators said the temperature in the vehicle was about 152 degrees and about 97 degrees in the trunk.