BY KEN LITTLE
A man and a woman charged with animal cruelty last week after leaving two dogs in a parked and overheated car made their first appearance on Wednesday in Greene County General Sessions Court.
Charged with the misdemeanor offense are Roger Lewis Miscovitch, 71; and Susan Rebecca Miscovitch, 54; both of Good Hope Road in Parrottsville.
Judge Kenneth Bailey Jr. set a return court date of Oct. 14 for both.
One of two dogs found locked in the sweltering car while the couple were at a doctor's appointment Aug. 29 did not recover from the ordeal and had to be euthanized.
The other has apparently recovered and remains in the custody of the Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society.
Greeneville police issued summonses to the Miscovitches after the dogs were discovered in the two-seat car by concerned passers-by.
Police were called about 5 p.m. on Aug. 29 to a Greeneville Medical Group parking lot "regarding two dogs that had been shut in a car for around two hours," a report said.
A female Shar-Pei mix dog that Susan Miscovitch said was hers "could not stand and appeared to be having a seizure," a report said. That dog had to be euthanized the next day.
The outside temperature was 90 degrees when the dogs were freed from the car by police.
"There was no food or water available," the report said.
The case may be resolved on Oct. 14, court officials said.