COLLIER COUNTY

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man after he left his pet parrot in his locked car for more than two hours on Saturday.

Shawn Wilder, 63, faces an animal cruelty charge after someone noticed he left his cockatiel parrot locked in his car in a parking lot on Mission Hills Drive for hours in the middle of the day Saturday.

Deputies say the bird was showing clear signs of distress when they arrived. As deputies and Collier County Animal Services waited for firefighters to come open the vehicle, Wilder showed up and unlocked the car.

The bird was taken by Collier County Domestic Animal Services for examination. CCSO MPs say the outside air temperature was 93 degrees and the temperature inside other nearby cars reached 125 degrees.

Cockatiel parrot. (Collier County Sheriff’s Office)