Guide Dog Foundation employee arrested after dog left in company’s van dies

A Smithtown Guide Dog Foundation employee has been arrested after a dog was found dead in one of the company’s vans.

Detectives from the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals arrested Jodi Meyers, 51, of Lake Grove.

Meyers was caring for Milton, a 3-year-old black Labrador who died after being stuck in a van for five hours and 30 minutes.

The incident happened in July when Meyers took the dog to training but allegedly left him in a crate in a work van when it was 90 degrees outside.

Meyers was accused of failing to provide proper shelter and air.

Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross says they deal with many cases with animals trapped in cars, but this one is different.

“There has to be a protocol – a procedure to ensure that a person is transporting an animal in a case like this – that they are checked carefully – that they pass through the vehicle – there has to be something that be automatic,” Gross says.

The Guide Dog Foundation released a statement to News 12, reading in part: “The Suffolk County SPCA has notified us of their investigation and we are cooperating. The health, safety and welfare of the dogs in our care , and the people we serve continue to be our top priority.”

It is not known if Meyers is still employed in the organization.

News 12 is told by the SPCA that Meyers did not reveal what she was doing for the five hours the dog was stuck in the van.

Meyers is expected to appear in court next month.

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