WOODBRIDGE, Conn. (WTNH)-- A sad reminder for pet owners not to leave their animals in the car, especially in the heat. Police say a woman left her dog in the car in Woodbridge for an hour, with the windows rolled up.
The dog ended up dead and she ended up in handcuffs.
It was nearly 100 degrees and the 14-month-old Yorkie Chihuahua was inside a car parked in an agency's lot, the windows rolled up.
When the owner came out of her job an hour later, the dog had died.
A local vet says this doesn't happen often.
"Well the reaction is, it's very sad," said Dr. Michael Broderick, Veterinarian.
Woodbridge Animal Control responded to the site on Lunar Road, ironically just down the street from the dog pound.
The dog's owner, 24-year-old Tiffany July-Lindo of Waterbury, admitted she left the dog in the car while she went into work at 6 Lunar Road.
She is now facing criminal charges, arrested, booked on one count of cruelty to animals.
It turns out dogs are at greater risk in a hot car, as they do not actually sweat.
"They over heat faster than a human does, so within minutes, ten or fifteen minutes, you can see dogs suffering from heat stroke from being in a closed car," said Broderick.
The vet says it's okay to leave your dog at home while you go to work, even if you don't have air conditioning. Just make sure to leave the animal plenty of water.
"It's really not having them in full sun, rather in a shaded area and you know animals belong inside anyway when we are not with them, and they should be okay, even on the hottest days," said Broderick.
WOODBRIDGE, Conn. (WTNH) -- A 14-month-old dog died after being left in a vehicle with the windows rolled up while its owner went to work, police said.
Woodbridge Police and animal control responded to a Lunar Dr. parking lot after receiving a report that a dog that was left unattended in a vehicle during excessive heat, had died.
After investigating, police determined that the 14-month-old Yorkie-Chihuahua mix was left in the car with the window's rolled up, while the owner went to work inside a local business.
Police said when the owner returned to the vehicle approximately an hour later, she found the dog dead.
At the time of the incident, police said it was sunny and approximately 90 degrees outside.
The owner, 24-year-old Tiffany July-Lindo, of 101 Eastern Ave., Waterbury, was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals.
She is scheduled to appear in New Haven Superior Court on July 26th at 10 a.m.
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