A 49-year-old woman was arrested after police officials say her dog died inside a hot car while she shopped at a local Walmart, Fox8 WGHP reports.
The woman was reportedly “browsing” inside the Walmart store for 13 hours (13 hours?!) and forgot the dog was inside her car.
Sadly, the dog had already died when another Walmart shopper found him. Police report there was no food or water left the animal. A window was partially cracked, but that did little to provide relief for the rising temperatures inside the vehicle.
Officials say the dog’s cause of death was heat exhaustion. The woman was charged with one count of misdemeanor cruelty toward animals.
We have no idea what could prompt someone to shop inside a Walmart for 13 hours, but let this tragic story be a reminder to not leave your animals in hot cars even for a few minutes this summer.