Looking around Haeger and Jennifer Long’s Keller house, it’s easy to see how much they love their dogs.
Longs say they were broken in February when, after a quick run to a fast-food drive-through to pick up lunch, Long returned home and forgot that the couple’s 6-year-old black lab, Lola, was still inside his SUV.
57-year-old Haeger said he was still recovering from a serious bike crash 10 months earlier that left him with numerous broken bones and injuries, including a concussion that has impaired his memory.
When Lola was discovered some three hours later, son called 911, asking for an emergency veterinarian. His father took the phone from his son, telling the dispatcher that the dog had died and that there was no need to send anyone.
Haeger was arrested for animal cruelty — a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
He says no punishment can be worse than losing Lola.
“I had to go to a psychiatrist. When that dog died, the hole in my heart was 15-feet wide,” Long said. “No matter what these [expletives] do to me, it is nothing compared to what happened, because my dog died. They can’t hurt me. They can’t do anything to me. They’re bullies.”
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