Charleston Doctor charged after 9 dogs left in car die

Dr. Charles Bickerstaff

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) -- A doctor faces charges of ill treatment of animals after nine dogs died when they were left in his car while he worked at a Charleston-area hospital.

Area media outlets report bond was set Wednesday at $90,000 for 64-year-old Dr. Charles Bickerstaff of James Island.

Mount Pleasant police say he left nine Cavalier King Charles Spaniels in crates in the back of his SUV on Monday while working at East Cooper Medical Center for three hours.

Bickerstaff's attorney, Bill Thrower, tells The Post and Courier of Charleston his client had an emergency, thought the dogs were safe and "feels as bad as anybody" about the deaths.

Police say after Bickerstaff left the hospital he took the dogs to a veterinarian because they had passed our but the dogs were dead.