Dan Harkins, owner of Harkins Theatres, nevertheless was cited for animal cruelty by Scottsdale police, The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday.
The incident occurred Saturday at one of Harkins' theaters after a citizen flagged down a police car and told the officers a dog in a parked BMW appeared to be in trouble.
The officer said he saw a corgi dog inside the vehicle panting heavily even though the car was parked in the shade with the windows down 2-3 inches.
Harkins told investigators he had checked on the animal and left it with water. He also issued a statement saying he didn't condone leaving dogs in parked cars and was donating $1 million to animal charities.