A young Chihuahua died after being left inside of a black car on a day when the outside temperature was in the 90s. According to AL.com, the heat index in Panama City Beach, Florida, on Saturday was 100.
Someone alerted the police to the disturbing situation early Saturday afternoon – by the time that help arrived, 29-year-old Angela Delandra Rogers’ dog was dead. When Rogers was questioned, she admitted that she had left her two-year-old dog inside of the parked vehicle while she cleaned condos.
Cpl. Kevin Burns, of the Panama City Beach Police Department, noted that it was at least 115-degrees inside of the parked vehicle, he added, “It was a black car in a black paved parking lot.”
Rogers, a resident of Banks, Alabama, is facing an aggravated animal cruelty charge for her actions on Saturday.
The intense heat of summer has claimed multiple dogs’ lives – recently, a dog left to suffer outside on a hot July day died after choking to death while trying to reach the shade of a nearby bush. Two other dogs died in their yards in Toledo, Ohio.
It should go without saying that dogs absolutely cannot be left unattended in a parked vehicle – even on a moderately warm day. It is also vitally important to ensure that dogs who are outside have adequate shelter from the sun, and plentiful, clean water.
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