A man was arrested Wednesday after a hike turned deadly for one of his dogs.
Phoenix registered temperatures of more than 100 degrees late Wednesday morning when Daniel Milunovic’s dog died and his other dog was treated for heat-related illness after a hike at Piestewa Peak.
Milunovic, 29, was arrested and issued a citation in lieu of detention for charges to include neglect of animals, according to Phoenix police.
Phoenix fire personnel were dispatched at 11:15 a.m. to the popular trail after a hiker called and said two dogs with him were experiencing heat-related issues, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.
One of the dogs had died when fire crews reached them. Crews were able to walk the hiker and the other dog down the trail. The hiker refused transportation to the hospital.
The injured dog was rapidly cooled down by Phoenix firefighters. Their exact condition was unknown.
In 2016, Phoenix banned people from hiking with dogs on trails on days over 100 degrees. Charges for violating this rule include a class one misdemeanor, and it is punishable with a fine of up to $2,500 and six months in jail.
Additionally, dogs are never allowed on the Piestewa Peak trail, according to Phoenix.