PLEASANT HILL, Calif. (AP) — Pleasant Hill police have arrested a woman whose dog died after she allegedly left it inside a locked car in triple-digit heat.
The Contra Costa Times reports that 38-year-old Angela Kleinfeld was taken into custody around 4 p.m. Friday at a parking structure in downtown Pleasant Hill. She was being held on suspicion of cruelty to animals resulting in death.
Police say officers responding to calls about a dog in distress found the boxer locked inside the vehicle without enough ventilation. An officer forced his way into the car and took the dog to a nearby veterinary hospital, but it died.
Officials are warning pet owners and parents that sweltering temperatures can be fatal for animals and children left inside vehicles.
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