Professor Emeritus David Beveridge who, until last Spring, was a full time faculty member in the Chemistry Department and the Molecular Biophysics certificate program, was arrested on Tuesday after his dog died in a hot car.
According to reports by NBC Connecticut and the Hartford Courant, Professor Beveridge intended to take his 3-year-old labradoodle Jennie to a doggie day care before he went into work. Instead, he went straight to work, forgetting to drop Jennie off first, and remembered 2.5 hours later. After remembering that he had forgotten to drop her off, he found the dog had passed in the intervening time.
On Tuesday, the temperature in parts of Middletown reached 90 degrees. According to the American Medical Veterinary Association, the temperature differential between the inside of a car and the outside temperature can be as much as 40 degrees Fahrenheit when left in the sun for over an hour. This means that the temperature of the car may have reached as high as 130 degrees.
This was not the first time this happened to a dog in the care of Professor Beveridge. Police spoke with a local veterinarian to whom Professor Beveridge had brought Jennie after the incident, and they confirmed that the same thing had happened in 2014 with Beveridge’s then-4-year-old poodle mix Charlie.
Professor Beveridge retired last Spring from his position as the Joshua Boger University Professor of the Sciences and Mathematics. He now serves as the co-director of the Susan B. and William K. Wasch Center for Retired Faculty. He was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Middletown Superior Court on Monday.