Ottumwa police investigating death of dogs locked in car

The Ottumwa Police Department is investigating a weekend incident that left three dogs dead. (MGN Online)

UPDATE: KTVO reached out to Chief McAndrew Wednesday afternoon for any new developments in the investigation. He said no arrests have been made and they are identifying the owners.


Three dogs died after being left in a hot car over the weekend.

The Ottumwa Police Department is investigating.

Chief Tom McAndrew said officers were made aware Sunday of an incident that had occurred on Saturday.

Investigator said four dogs were locked in a vehicle in the 100 block of Church Street, near Bridge View Center.

All four dogs were suffering from heat exposure. KTVO Chief Meteorologist said the high temperature in Ottumwa Saturday was 89 degrees.

It was reported that two of the animals were found dead at the scene, and a third died after being taken to a local veterinary clinic. The fourth survived.

Police haven't yet confirmed who owned the dogs.

Bridge View Center hosted the annual Southeastern Iowa Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show on Saturday and Sunday.

We wanted to know if the three dead dogs were there for that show, so we called Chief McAndrew.

He told KTVO that investigators believe the dogs had been part of the show.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

No charges have been filed yet.

Police said they are asking for any witnesses to come forward.

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