DECATUR, Ill. (AP)- A central Illinois animal control officer has been suspended and jailed on suspicion of animal cruelty after a 4-week-old kitten was left locked in his truck for two days. Temperatures over that period topped 90 degrees.

The Herald & Review in Decatur reports that Macon County sheriff’s deputies found the kitten and a dead groundhog in the truck Saturday. Neighbors called deputies after noticing a foul smell coming from the truck parked at the officer’s Decatur home. The officer was arrested.

Macon County Sheriff Tom Schneider said Monday that the kitten is doing well.

Schneider said the officer appeared to have mistakenly left the kitten in the truck. The groundhog may have been dead when placed in the truck.

The officer has not been arraigned or entered a plea.

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