This 2012 Los Angeles Times photo depicts a French bulldog named Stitch. A different French bulldog was reportedly found dead in a car parked in Massachusetts Sunday night, leading to cruelty to animal charges for a man and woman from New York. Credit: Gary Friedman | MCT

Police in Salem, Massachusetts, said a couple from New York is facing charges after officers found a dog dead in their car, Boston television station WCVB is reporting.

Brendan Bulfin, 38, and Courtney Casey, 28, have been charged with cruelty to animals after their 3-year-old French bulldog, Nigel, was found dead Sunday night in a car parked at the Salem Commuter Rail Parking Garage, according to WCVB.

Local police reportedly said the dog had been left in the car for more than five hours on a 73-degree day, and that temperatures inside the enclosed vehicle likely increased to as much as 122 degrees in just one hour.

Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.