Police say that at around 6:44 p.m., officers responded to the Big Y Supermarket, at 85 Bridge Street, for a dog left in a car.
An investigation determined that 48-year-old Melanie Grice left her dog in a dark vehicle in extreme heat in the parking lot for an extended period of time.
Grice was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals. She was released on a Promise to Appear.
The dog was not injured at all and was able to remain with Grice, who acknowledged the error in her judgement.