SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. -- A man claims an animal shelter employee left a dog locked up in his work vehicle while he went shopping.
He took pictures and put them on Facebook. They got a lot of attention, so WREG started asking questions.
News Channel 3 spoke to the man, who said he couldn't ignore the dog left inside a Memphis Animal Services truck outside a Kroger in Cordova.
"I noticed a dog in there, and he went in the store," he said of the MAS employee.
The side door was open, which is standard MAS procedure, but the man thinks it was not enough to keep the pup cool.
"I checked the temperature on my car, and it said it was 85 degrees," he said. "I sat in my car and waited for the man to come out, probably about ten minutes."
James Rogers, the director of MAS, told WREG the employee was making a "comfort stop" to use the restroom, which they are allowed to do.
However, the man who took the pictures said that's not what he saw.
"I followed him around the store," he said. "He was in the floral department buying some kind of floral vase set or something."
MAS also said the employee left the engine running with the air conditioning on. However, he left the vehicle unlocked, a violation MAS said it will be dealing with administratively.
The man who took the photos said he does not remember hearing the engine running.
"He was panting if you look at the pictures," he said of the dog. "He could have been stolen. I easily could have walked up and taken the dog out of the truck. He could have been dehydrated and dead by the time they found him."
Rogers said MAS will continue to investigate, but with a history that includes dogs being euthanized after they are adopted, the man said he's not putting much faith in them.
"I feel bad for the dogs," he said. "They get taken to MAS, and it's a death sentence."