STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who police say left his dog in a hot car while he enjoyed dinner at a restaurant has been charged.

The Advocate reports 73-year-old Michel Guite, of Greenwich, was arrested Sunday and charged with animal cruelty.

Police say they received a call Sunday about a dog in an SUV that had the windows rolled up. Authorities say responding firefighters found the dog didn't have any water and the car wasn't running.

Firefighters tried to "pop" the window of the SUV but the dog became too agitated.

Authorities say when Guite returned to his vehicle he told police he had been eating dinner and that he "does this all the time."

Police say residents shouldn't leave animals in cars.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://www.stamfordadvocate.com