19-year-old man from Oklahoma faces city charge for leaving puppy in hot car at Kauffman Stadium

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Prosecutor's Office filed a charge against a man from Oklahoma on Friday, accusing him of leaving a puppy in a hot car in the Kauffman Stadium parking lot on Sunday. Joshua Bluford, 19, faces a charge of failing to provide adequate care, a violation of city ordinance.

The charge specifically accuses Bluford of failing to provide adequate care for a pit bull mix puppy by leaving the dog unattended in a car while the temperature outside the car was above 90 degrees.

The range in punishment according to city ordinance is a fine between $75 and $1,000, imprisonment in city jail for no more than 180 days, or both a fine and jail time.

FOX 4 spoke with the puppy's rescuers on Monday, who said whimpers attracted their attention to the car.

“First I was like, there better not be a baby in a car. I walked over and started looking through cars. I found this blue car that had a little puppy in the back seat,” Michael Warner told FOX 4. “When I pulled him out, his paws were bright red.”

“There was no breeze in the parking lot, you’re in the middle of a parking lot, there’s no shade. It was easily 20 to 30 degrees hotter than it was outside. It was over 100 degrees inside that car,” he continued.

The fans themselves said they left the extra-innings game because of the heat. The incident serves as a reminder that pets are not allowed at the Truman Sports Complex.

Bluford is due in Kansas City municipal court on August 2nd.

KC Pet Project is caring for the puppy, and had this to say about its adoption status:

"Hi everyone! Regarding the Royals puppy found in the car on Sunday night: the pup is finishing up a city required stray hold and living in a foster home until he is available for adoption. The puppy’s overnight caretaker from the game has placed Early Bird hold on him. We have spoken with the rescuer of the puppy many times, and he informed us that he is happy that the puppy is going to a good home where he will be loved. We also discovered that the rescuer lives in a town with Breed Specific Legislation: the puppy is unable to live in this community. We have made arrangements for the rescuer to visit the puppy before he leaves for his new home and will be sure to give his information to new adopter. Please know that we have done all we can to make sure that the puppy will be going to a home where he is loved and spoiled and have worked with all parties involved to the best of our ability. Thank you!"

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