Police in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., say four dogs died Thursday after a woman left them in a car while going to lunch.
The woman, Tesia White, 25, of Gainesville, Missouri, was arrested and charged with four counts of animal cruelty.
White left her car parked to have lunch at a restaurant and left the vehicle “running with the air conditioning on and the windows open,” according to a press release news week by the New Smyrna Beach Police Department.
“She allegedly once searched for the dogs during her meal, but found them all dead when she finished her lunch about an hour later,” the publication continued. “The dogs consisted of a four-year-old goldendoodle, two approximately 12-week-old goldendoodle puppies, and a two-year-old boxer.”
This emerges from a police report made available news weekAn officer found White crying next to her friend on the sidewalk with the four deceased animals. White reportedly said, “I shouldn’t be allowed to own a dog” and “I can’t believe I let that happen.”
White was taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail on $10,000 bail.
According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), 59 dogs or other pets are believed to have died in 2021 after being left in hot vehicles or outside in hot weather. So far this year, eight animals have died from being left in the heat, including the dogs that died Thursday in Florida.
In another incident this month, an abandoned and malnourished dog died after being found behind an Ohio Walmart. In late April, the Trumbull County Animal Welfare League said it had found the dog, Sunny, and that she was in “bad shape.” Days later, the Welfare League announced that the dog had died.
On March 10, 39 dogs and two cats were confiscated from a home in Texas in what the sheriff’s office called “possible animal cruelty.”
“This was a response to the location by multiple agencies that resulted in the successful confiscation of the animals without incident,” a spokesman for the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Unit said at the time.
Also in March, a professional dog walker in the UK was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison after leaving her client’s dogs in a hot car.
The dog walker was accused of leaving two spaniels she was paid to look after in the trunk of her car in July 2021. When the dog walker left the animals in the car, a temperature of 84 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded.
https://www.newsweek.com/four-dogs-die-after-being-left-car-during-womans-lunch-stop-police-1711079 Four dogs die after being left in woman’s car during lunch break: police