There is a tragic case out of Panama City Beach, Florida where two dogs died in the case of Jason Matthew Reece, 39. Reece however did not return to his van because police arrested him for disorderly conduct. While Reece still allegedly left the dogs in the van to go drinking, it would raise an interesting defense that the police contributed to the tragedy by taking him directly to jail. It is not clear whether he informed the police of the animals.
Reece’s wife called police after the day after his arrest to inquire about the welfare of the dogs. By the time that they found the dogs, two were dead. Now Reece faces charges of cruelty to animals as well as disturbing the peace.