A man who left his dog to die in a hot car on Wednesday has broken down and apologised.
Unable to look at the camera, Steve told reporters he had just lost his son to Cystic Fibrosis, his job and his home.
He had been living in his car and was on his way to find accommodation when he made the choice to leave the dog, a 40kg male Mastiff named Bully, behind.
‘If I could take it all back I would,’ he told Channel 7.
‘I made one simple error… my intentions weren’t to kill my dog.’
But it also meant the car could not be locked, which allowed passers-by to open the vehicle and try to save the dog.
When Steve returned to his car, moments after his beloved pet had died despite the efforts of well meaning locals, he said he was in shock.
‘I didn’t think it was real, I just thought to myself “What else? What more?”,’ he told Nine News.
‘How much more can I take?’
The Facebook page for Perth Pets in Need said the dog suffered ‘two seizures and threw up, before he died a slow painful death’.
‘Like all dogs who get heatstroke, he suffered horrendously,’ they said.
Steve was slammed by local woman Amy Middleton, who shared pictures of the dog in the car and told her Facebook followers the man had made an ‘absolutely disgusting decision’.
A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said no excuse or circumstance would defend the man’s actions.
‘Stop making your stupid excuses,’ spokeswoman Amanda Swift said.
‘Stop putting your animals at risk.’