On Friday, August 3, 2018, at about 12:18 PM, an officer from the West Hempfield Township Police Department was dispatched to the Weis Market on RT462 in West Hempfield Township for a complaint about an unattended small white dog left in a parked enclosed van in the lot.
The complainant reported to police that the canine was in the van at least ten minutes prior to her calling for police.
Officers were able to locate the driver of the van inside the store.
Officers reported that the driver, 56 year old, Frank R. Ramos-Colon, of Columbia, PA, left the canine in the enclosed van when the temperature outside was about 82 degrees for approximately thirty minutes, which had caused distress to the animal, before the dog was removed from the van.
On August 6, 2018, the West Hempfield Township Police Department filed a Cruelty to animals, section 5533, summary non-traffic citation against Ramos-Colon at MDJ Miles Bixler's Office in Columbia, PA.
All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Arrest Date:Friday, August 3, 2018