Police: Man charged for leaving two dogs in hot car in Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WVEC) -- A Missouri man is facing charges for leaving two dogs in a car outside of the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center. 

Deputy Chief Steve Rubino, James City County Police spokesperson, tells 13News Now that 58-year-old David Joseph Kniess was issued two summons on June 15. 

Rubino says James City County animal control was alerted to the dogs at around 1:50 p.m. by Colonial Williamsburg security. 

Animal control officers found the two dogs inside Kniess' car. The windows were rolled down several inches, and Rubino says there was a knocked over water bowl by the dogs. 

Rubino says the two Schnauzers were seen panting heavily. Animal control officers estimated that the dogs were left in the car for about an hour. 

Rubino estimates that the temperature outside was around 80 degrees, and closer to 92 degrees inside the car. 

Animal control seized the dogs. The dogs were taken to the Heritage Humane Society. 

Kniess was charged with failure to provide an animal with adequate care. He was able to pick up the dogs at the humane society a couple of hours after animal control seized them. 

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