LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Trinity County constable deputy could be facing criminal charges after he left his dog in the car.
The incident occurred outside of a small pizzeria in Lovelady on Tuesday, when a customer noticed that a K-9 was sitting inside of a marked constable car without any AC on or any windows rolled down.
"If you leave an animal, a child, anything in that vehicle and the motors not running, you and I both know how hot it gets in the vehicle," said Houston County Chief Deputy, G.P. Shearer.
The customer decided to file a complaint against Trinity County Deputy Mark Mann.
She not only filed charges against Mann, but shared her concerns with social media and posted a picture of Mann's car outside of the Pizzeria.
Within 24 hours the picture received more than 70 comments and was shared more than 300 times.
Many of the commenters voiced their concern with the incident because of the fact that Mann is a law enforcement personnel.
Since the incident is being investigated, Mann and Constable Mark Cole were not able to comment on the matter.
The concerned customer did file a complaint with the Houston County Sheriff's office.
"It will be forwarded to our investigators once they are complete with it. It will be forwarded on to the county attorney's office for any charges," said Shearer.
The dog, which is personally owned by Mann, is in his custody and was issued out of service until further notice.
Mann continues to serve as a Trinity County constable deputy and his consequences are pending the investigation.