Cincinnati news station WLWT has reported that a dog died on July 6 while chained to a pole outside the Cincinnati District 4 police station.

Authorities stated that Twon Johnson, was just a good samaritan who tried to help the dog. ”I didn’t want anything to happen to the dog, but something happened to the dog anyway,” said Johnson.

Johnson reported he saw the stray pit bull running in the area, the dog came close enough to Johnson that he could grab his leash and take him to the police station, and that upon his arrival, Cincinnati police instructed him to tie the dog up outside to a pole while they called the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA.) but a short time later, the dog was found dead, tied to the pole.

Cincinnati also had record high temperatures of 101 degrees fahrenheit- which felt like anywhere from 105-110 degrees according to the weather channel. Cincinnati has also been seeing extreme and at times record breaking high temperatures for over a week.

In the photo above, you can see the pole where the dog was tied, and clearly the pole was not in any sort of shaded area and the dog was left outside in direct sunlight, in heat of over 100+ degrees for at least an hour and a half at the police station and had been running outside before that.

Officers said that ‘bringing the dog inside the station might have posed a threat to citizens.’

According to the report officials said the people at the SPCA received a non-emergency call about 5:35 p.m. reporting a stray dog at the station. About an hour and a half later, they received another call saying that they should disregard the previous call because the dog had died.

According to officers, the dog was given small bowls of water and checked on every 20 minutes but somewhere between their reported 6:40pm check and 7pm- the dog had died. The Cincinnati chief of police is conducting an investigation, and is “very concerned” about how this was handled; the SPCA is also scheduled to preform an autopsy.

Direct quotes courtesy: WLWT News 5 Cincinnati

Written by Lauren McGregor Downs