FORT MYERS, Fla. -

A teacher at a Fort Myers charter school faces animal cruelty charges on allegations of keeping a Staffordshire Terrier in his trunk while he was at school.

The News-Press of Fort Myers reports two students saw a man take the puppy out of the car on Friday morning. He took it on a walk and then put it back in the trunk.

A Lee County Domestic Animal Services report says the students notified Gateway Charter High School officials who determined the car belonged to Mathew Emans. He was asked to open the trunk and officials found the 4-month-old puppy inside.

The agency took custody of the puppy, which was panting and in need of water.

Emans told officials he was keeping the dog in the car while he was at school.