Owner charged with dog’s hot-car death smiles on mug shot

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Tiffany Craig / KHOU 11 News

Posted on July 6, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 6 at 11:38 PM

GALVESTON- A smiling dog owner was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after his dog was left in a hot car and died.

Bill Omer, 23, of Houston, was on the island for the 4th of July holiday.

Neighbors said they saw him drive up to Avenue S near the Seawall and yell that his friends did it.

“He said that they were at the bar right over here,” recalled Amanda Harding. “He said his friends left it in the car while they were at the bar.”

Harding made the 911 call.

“He was yelling at the dog, ‘get up, get up, stop messing around,’” said Harding. “You know, it’s obvious it just happened. He’s not going to get up.”

Galveston police said they believe the 1-year-old blue pit bull was in the car for more than an hour and died of heat exhaustion.

Neighbors said they don’t understand why Omer was smiling in his mug shot.

“He looks crazy,” said Butch Shuttleworth. “I’m sorry; he does he looks crazy to me. I mean look at him. He thinks he did something right.”

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