Students Help Rescue Puppy from Trunk of Teacher’s Car

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oakleyA Florida teacher is facing animal cruelty charges after students spoke up when they saw he teacher put a puppy in his trunk.

Matthew Emans is a teacher at the Gateway Charter High School in Fort Myers, Florida. On Friday morning two students saw Emans take the puppy on a walk and when he was finished put the puppy in the trunk of his car. The students quickly ran inside and reported the incident to a resource officer.

Officials asked Emans to open the trunk and the 4-month-old puppy was found gasping for air in the hot trunk.

β€œThe trunk after it had been opened for fifteen minutes was still registering 97 degrees,” said Ria Brown with Lee County Animal Services.

Lee County Domestic Animal Services took custody of the puppy and have charged Emans with misdemeanor Animal Cruelty under Florida State Statute 828.12. Emans could be sentenced to up to one year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine if found guilty of the charge.

The puppy is available for adoption and interested adopters can complete an online application at www.LeeLostPets.com.

13 thoughts on “Students Help Rescue Puppy from Trunk of Teacher’s Car”

  1. THE TRUE ANSWERS LIE WITHIN OUR LAWS!!!!!!!! THIS DISGUSTING MAN IS NOT THE ONLY ONE OUT THERE! HE JUST REPRESENTS THE HEARTLESS, DISTURBING “PEOPLE” THAT ALSO THINK THINGS LIKE THIS ARE OK! HE IS MORE THAN JUST SICK!!!! THIS MAN HAS NO RIGHT BEING AROUND CHILDREN! WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT THIS POOR ANIMAL & SOOOOOOOO MANY OTHERS ARE BEING TREATED HORRIBLY AND IT IS OUR FAULT AS HUMANS! ONLY WE CAN CHANGE THAT! OUR LAWS HAVE TO PUT US, THE PEOPLE AT FAULT FOR THESE ACTIONS!!!!! IF THIS UPSETS YOU PLEASE, PLEASE LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE!!!!!! I AM SO THANKFUL FOR THIS PUP TO BE ALIVE……BUT LET US NOT FORGET THE MANY OTHERS THAT SUFFER AS WE SPEAK!!!!!!!

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  2. Lisa is right. This example set forth by a teacher? He would not come anywhere close to a child of mine. Fire him, fine him, put him under the jail.

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  3. Start a campaign. Everyone call the school and demand he get fired. Without public outcry the school likely won’t care.

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  4. What a complete moron. Maybe someone should stick him in a trunk for a half hour and see how well he does in there. Thankfully, that adorable puppy was saved and will hopefully find a new family who loves him and cares for him properly

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  5. What the F!!!!!!! he better be fined and jailed not one or the other. He then need to get his teaching license revoked. he should never teach again!!!!!!!!!

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