A man accused of leaving his dog in a car for several hours in Sydney’s southwest has been charged.

Police were alerted after a passerby spotted the dog in a distressed state inside a vehicle parked in a Padstow driveway at around 10 am on Monday.

According to NSW Police, officers attended and located the Toyota sedan with the engine running before the owner, a 49-year-old man, returned to the vehicle and spoke with officers.

The five-year-old Rottweiler cross was taken to the local vet, where she was declared deceased.

The man was charged with committing an act of aggravated cruelty upon an animal, leaving a vehicle with the engine on, and not removing the ignition key (vehicle unattended).

He is scheduled to appear at Bankstown Local Court on January 14.

This article originally appeared on Over60.