• A man was arrested after leaving a 3-month-old puppy inside his car while he gambled, police say. 
  • Security at the Bellagio Hotel found the dog with its mouth taped inside the vehicle, per ABC News.
  • The dog was rescued by security and survived. 

A 50-year-old man was taken into custody after he was accused of taping his dog's mouth shut and leaving it inside a car on a hot day while he gambled at a casino in Las Vegas. 

The man, identified as Raul Carbajal, was arrested and charged with willful and malicious torture of an animal in connection to the July 20 incident, according to ABC News.

Per the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, officers responded to a tip from security at the Bellagio Hotel that a 3-month-old Husky was inside a locked car in the parking garage.

The security was able to rescue the dog, whose mouth was taped, through the sunroof of the car, according to police. 


"Through our investigation, we discovered the dog had been in the car for nearly 2 hours without air conditioning, food, or water while the vehicle's owner went inside to gamble," police said in a statement. 

Body camera footage shared by the police department shows the moment Carabajal was placed in the back of a police car by an officer.

A woman who was at the scene told officers that the dog "was not able to breathe" inside the car in 113-degree weather. 

According to police, the puppy survived and was sent to animal control for medical treatment. 

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