Mansfield Police Remove 3 Dogs From ‘Hot Cars’ At Phish Concert At Xfinity Center; Owners face animal cruelty charges

Several pet owners will face animal cruelty charges after Mansfield police officers removed three dogs from “hot cars” Thursday night during Phish’s concert at the Xfinity Center, the police department said.

Officers removed three dogs from cars in the Xfinity Center parking lot after receiving complaints from people walking past the cars, the Mansfield Police Department wrote on Facebook.

“Thanks to alert and compassionate bystanders, officers were able to respond quickly, removing distressed animals from hot cars that lacked adequate water or ventilation, and transporting them to Tufts in Walpole for assessment after receiving water and a seat in front of our cooling fans in the public safety compound,” the department wrote.

The temperature outside Thursday evening was around 80 degrees with high humidity, the department said.

As of Friday afternoon, the dogs – named Charlie, Lucky and Lulu – were in good health and residing at the Mansfield Animal Shelter Inn & Suites, police said.

The department said it placed two electronic signs, one on South Main Street and one near the 495 exit ramp, to remind spectators that leaving pets in hot cars is not tolerated.

The owners of the dogs, who have not been identified, will be summoned to Attleboro District Court for animal cruelty and confinement of an animal in a motor vehicle causing exposure to extreme heat, the department said. .