Man facing prison for death of dog locked in car at DeSoto Square mall

Pug was locked in car at DeSoto Square mall in August

jdeleon@bradenton.comMarch 22, 2014 

Dewayne Sunny Robinson

BRADENTON -- A 20-year-old-man faces prison time after entering a plea of no contest to an animal cruelty charge Friday morning in the death of his dog.

Dewayne Sunny Robinson's dog died on Aug. 11, 2013, when he left the pug inside the car in a DeSoto Square mall parking lot.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office was alerted to the dog being locked into the car, but by the time they arrived and located the car, the pug was dead.

On Friday morning, Robinson entered his change of plea before Judge Edward Nicholas.

"He does at this time qualify as a youth offender, he does not turn 21 until April 2," defense attorney Charles Britt III said. "He has no prior record."

Robinson will be sentenced at 8:45 a.m. March 31 by Nicholas.

Nicholas asked the prosecutor what the intended sentencing recommendation was.

"I don't like to give any indication in these kind of cases," Assistant State Attorney Lisa Chittaro said.

Robinson's arrest report details what deputies found when they responded to the call on Aug. 11, 2013.

"I observed that the windows were up on the vehicle, but the quarter windows in the the back were down," Deputy Brandon Gard wrote. "The pug appeared to be deceased and not breathing."

Another deputy took the temperature inside of the vehicle, and it read 110 degrees.

An animal services officer also arrived on scene, took the temperature of the interior of the vehicle, and got a reading of 118 degrees. The dog's temperature was also taken, and it was 110 degrees.

Robinson told the deputies that he takes the dog everywhere with him, according to the report.

He said he had taken the dog to the dog park in Sarasota earlier that day and had only been in the mall for about 20 to 30 minutes. The dog had water when he left, he also said.

A woman with Robinson at the mall reportedly said they had gone into to eat something, but were leaving because they didn't find anything she liked and to give the dog water.

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