A 21-year-old woman has been arrested after police in Boynton Beach, Florida, found a dog chained inside of her parked vehicle on Tuesday. According to Local 10 News, someone staying at the Inn at Boynton Beach noticed the distressed young dog inside of a car parked at the hotel; witnesses claim that the dog was inside of the car for over an hour.
Authorities responded to the call and found the dog inside of the locked vehicle, with no windows cracked. The chained dog was panting and exhibiting signs of distress from the heat so an officer broke out a rear window to the vehicle in order to remove the dog.
The dog with the heavy chain was not the only animal discovered inside of the car – officers also found a live rabbit inside of a sealed box. The woman identified as being responsible for the cruel incident is identified as Beatrice Turner.
When confronted about the concerning situation, Turner told the authorities that she did not see anything wrong with leaving the animals locked inside of the hot car and stated that, “the dog is fine in the car.” The police did not agree with her however, and she was arrested on two counts of animal cruelty; Turner was taken to Palm Beach County jail.
According to the Boyton Beach Police Department, the heavy chain was removed from the dog’s neck by the Boyton Beach Fire Department – the dog, and the rabbit, were taken to the PB County Animal Control.