A man who left a dog, which became unresponsive, inside a hot car on a day when it was over 90 degrees in Harvard has been sentenced to 20 days in jail, court records show.
Michael A. Krefft, 24, of Braidwood, was charged in July 2021 with cruelty to animals and confining an animal in a vehicle, both misdemeanors.
The Harvard Police Department said they were called around 5:50 p.m. on July 24, 2021, to the 1700 block of South Division Street in Harvard.
A caller reported a dog was left inside a vehicle at the Baymont Hotel, police records show.
Weather data recorded a temperature of over 90 degrees at the time of the incident.
A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Circuit Court said Krefft, who resided in Woodstock at the time, placed the dog in a life-threatening situation.
The dog was inside the car for a “prolonged period of time” during extreme heat conditions.
The vehicle did not have proper ventilation or other protection from the heat, resulting in an injury to the animal, the complaint said.
An affidavit said the dog, a tan and white pitbull mix breed, was found unresponsive.
The McHenry County Department of Health Animal Control Division took custody of the dog.
Officers arrested Krefft and transported him to the Harvard Police Department.
Krefft was released from custody after posting a $100 cash bond.
Court records show Krefft pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of cruelty to animals, a Class A misdemeanor.
McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge sentenced Krefft to 20 days in the McHenry County Jail and one year of conditional discharge.
Krefft was also ordered to pay $819 in court fines and fees.