DAVID M. MALONE arrested for leaving his dog in a hot car who later died

- Illinois, USA -


On the early afternoon of Wednesday, August 25, officers with the Wood River Police Department were dispatched to the Hit-N-Run Food Stores on 900 E. Edwardsville Road in Wood River, after an employee of the store reported that a dog was left inside a vehicle parked on the lot.


Officer Younker and Officer Hawkins located the vehicle in question. Inside was a 2-years-old Labrador named Shadow, who was unresponsive and with labored breathing.


Meanwhile, 26-years-old DAVID M. MALONE (pictured below), of East Alton, came out of the store he was in where he had played video machines for approximately 3 hours.

He told officers that the dog was his.


According to a news release by the WRPD, Malone had left his vehicle running, the windows were down approximately one inch, and the AC failed.

The Wood River Fire Department measured the temperature inside the vehicle which was 117 degrees.


Officers took Shadow and MALONE to an animal hospital but sadly the furbaby died.

The subhuman responsible for Shadow’s death was taken to the Wood River City Jail and was held pending formal charges.


Police said the warrant and criminal information were signed by the Honorable Judge Mengarelli. Bond was set at $20,000.00


On August 26, police posted an update to advise that MALONE was charged in Madison County Circuit Court with aggravated cruelty to animals.


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