Woman responsible for killing dog in car arrested

Here is the woman who left dog to die agonizing death inside of parked car

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It’s the heart-wrenching story which angered thousands of people on Independence Day – a dog was left to die an agonizing death inside of a car which was parked outside of a Walmart in Trussville, Alabama. Video captured the awful moment when the dying dog was pulled from the vehicle and laid on hot pavement…video captured her convulsing as the heat shut down her organs and stole her life.

The woman behind the despicable deed

On the day that the dog died, there was indication that a woman had been identified as the dog’s owner, but her identity was not released – now the police have made an arrest and the woman’s photo has been released. The woman responsible for the cruel act is identified as 34-year-old Stephanie Shae Thomas; she is facing a felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals.

The woman’s explanation

Lt. Phil Dillon with the Trussville Police Department told Al.com what Thomas said about the day that her dog was left to die inside of the parked car, “She stated that she never went outside the store to check on the dog and that she lost track of time while she was shopping.”

Surveillance footage reveals that the woman’s Mercedes was parked outside of the car since 4 a.m. By the time that concerned passersby contacted the authorities, the damage from the intense heat was done – though it seemed to take an agonizing amount of time to remove the dying dog from the car, it was apparent by watching the video that the heat had already taken its toll. It is unlikely that she would have stood any chance of survival, even if she had been rushed to a veterinarian – the video showed the dog convulsing, eyes open and fixed, and gasping for air.

The dog’s accused killer was placed in jail on Thursday night but released by Friday morning.

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16 replies
  1. maxiemom says:

    Released? That bitch should have stayed in jail!! Better yet, why didn’t the cops force her to stay in that car for the exact same amount of time she forced her VICTIM to remain there? That way she could have enjoyed the same pleasure her dog enjoyed: the extreme joy of being cooked alive in a parking lot while dozens of people pass you by and do NOTHING until someone finally notices— too late.

    That’s what she deserves. Who the hell shops at Walmart for 7 hours?

    • Animal Advocate says:

      I’m livid and heartbroken for the dog. Totally agree. Put her in an oven and give her the death penalty in the same way!

  2. Pamela Garlisch says:

    She LOST TRACK OF TIME???????? Hopefully she will be prosecuted and given more than a slap on the wrist, I hope she can feel what this dog went through while it was dying, but probably not, she only thinks about herself!

  3. pennysdachshunds says:

    ONE LOOK at THE FACE will tell IT ALL!!! IF THIS BITCH is tested for CHEMICAL ABUSE ISSUES!!! THE RESULTS WILL BE OFF The WALL … Hell SHE IS undoubtedly HIGH at all times!!! SHE NEED’s to BE PROVEDED with THE ULTIMATE HIGH that SENDS HER PUTRID NARCISSISTIC ASS to HELL where SHE ROAST there and feel for all Eternity WHAT her Poor , unfortunate , Pet SUFFERED for those 7 hours…

  4. pennysdachshunds says:

    HOW DOES ONE lost TRACK of SEVEN HOURS WALKING THE ISLES of Walmart!!!!! DRUGS ! DRUGS! DRUGS! How does ONE GET A few hours in Jail… MONEY! MONEY! and possible connections with the Very Cops who arrested her… Does She Supply … THREE GUESSES how does she dive a $75,000 dollar car… AGAIN 3 GUESSES!!!! The dog paid the price for this GREASY HAIRED GRUNGY SMACK BITCH TO BE IN THE OZONE!!!!

    • Animal Advocate says:

      Looks like a meth or heroin addict. I’m
      so sad for the poor dog and pissed as hell. Trying to stop from crying before I go to work. Hope she gets killed in prison brutally. Since it doesn’t seem like she’ll get the death penalty. Hope they can add on drug charges for more time with intent to distribute. Who the hell stays in WalMart for that long and why bring your dog /any pet in that weather? Or child?

  5. Nancy Raymond says:

    O I only wish I could have five minutes w/Stephanie Shae Thomas – she would be wishing for death – Just another selfish, useless waste of flesh and blood – her total lack of humanity, responsibility and caring for an innocent dog that she left in a car to die a horrific death certainly shows her stupidity – and she spent one night in jail – she deserves to be locked up for 50 years – hopefully, there are citizens in Trussville that will take care of this miserable bitch.

    • pennysdachshunds says:

      Nancy: I would be willing bet the citizens ( possibly her clients) will let ‘sleeping dogs lie”!!! why because of the supply and demand!!! I just checked when in town.. a New Mercedes not even loaded can be up to $100,000 .. Is an heiress , married to the Bank President!!! An entrepreneur selling imports , maybe Tupperware!!! This IS ONE of those there is a lot more to the Story than Meets the Average Eye!!!

      • Animal Advocate says:

        Thx for doing a background check. Will do one myself. Hope they can add on more charges maybe fraud, RICO, drugs, money laundering.

  6. Adrienne says:

    Give her the same punishment she gave her poor dog. Agonizing death,slow and painful is all she deserves. Definitely not a credit to her community or family. She lost track of time? I am sure she forgot she even had a dog with her too. Why did she take this poor dog with her instead of leaving at home. They can bark all they want in a nice air conditioned home instead of slowly dying from being in an oven/car. What that poor dog went through.May it haunt her for the rest of her miserable life.


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