Barnstable police discover stash of marijuana when they help golden retriever locked in car

An Eastham man is facing animal cruelty and drug charges after police allegedly found a Mason jar stuffed with marijuana as they helped rescue his dog locked in the 100-degree car, Barnstable police said.

On Tuesday, officers spotted a golden retriever locked in a parked car in a Cape Cod Community College parking lot at 2:30 p.m., police said. The unoccupied red 1996 Honda Civic was parked in the sun, prompting officers to check on the dog’s welfare.

The locked car had a partially open window, but no water for the dog. The responding officer gave the apparently dehydrated dog water through the open window while officers worked to locate Peter M. Giblin, 25, the car’s owner and Cape Cod Community College student, police said.

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The responding officers found the temperature inside the Civic was 106 degrees. After being unable to contact Giblin, the officers opened the locked door, taking control of the dog, discovering a Mason jar with six bags of marijuana packaged for sale in the process, police said.

The dog, named Cooper, was taken to Barnstable Animal Control for follow-up. It’s not clear how long Cooper was in the car.

Giblin returned to his vehicle at 3:40 p.m., and when questioned by officers about the situation, he became uncooperative, police said.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in Barnstable District Court today.