Woman leaves dog in hot car for 45 minutes: Police

New Haven

45 minutes. That’s how long police say a Hamden woman left her dog inside a boiling hot car. 

Officers arrested 47-year-old Shi Zhu-Hong on Sunday at the Stop and Shop on Dixwell Avenue. They found a small Bichon mix inside a parked vehicle panting excessively. 

Related: PD: Shelton mom charged after leaving daughter alone in hot car

Police say the temperature inside the car was 120 degrees. The exterior was up to 140. 

The woman is charged with animal cruelty. 

Related: The deadly reality of leaving children behind in hot cars

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