Man charged with leaving dog in car as police took him to jail

Christopher Scott Hamilton
Christopher Scott Hamilton

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A Floyd County man was already facing trouble when he was picked up in Pikeville on fugitive warrants for four separate indictments. But he is now facing additional charges for not informing police that his dog was locked in his car when they took him to jail.

Christopher Scott Hamilton, 41, of Teaberry, was at Food City in Pikeville when police arrested him for failing to show up to answer four cases involving theft and burglary.

Before taking him to jail, officers asked Hamilton if he had a car outside or anyone waiting for him. He told them his girlfriend had dropped him off, but that she probably left after seeing the police.

But nearly two hours later, police were called back to the store, after Hamilton’s vehicle was found in the parking lot with his dog inside. Officers reported the dog to be in distress, as the windows were rolled up and temperatures were in the mid-80s.

A short time later, his girlfriend showed up, saying he had dropped her off at Walmart, and she had walked to Food City when he didn’t return to pick her up. A review of security video confirmed that Hamilton drove to the store and left the dog inside the car.

He is now charged with second-degree cruelty to animals, as well as possession of marijuana after police also found a joint in the car.