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Dog walker may face animal cruelty charges after leaving six dogs to die in heat

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According to CNN, on Monday, the B.C. SPCA will recommend that a dog walker be charged with animal cruelty charges after she had left six dogs to die in the back of her truck. The local media now refer to the deceased pets as the “Brookwood Six.”

For now, authorities haven’t charged dog walker Emma Paulsen for any crimes. Paulsen had originally claimed someone had stolen the six dogs from her truck while she used a park rest room. She originally claimed someone had opened the latch and taken the dogs.

According to the CTVnews website, B.C. animal cruelty charges can include punishment by fines, and or imprisonment. On May 18, Paulsen admitted to leaving the dogs in the back of her truck to die of heatstroke. She then tried to cover up the deaths by disposing of them and concocting a plan to cover up the incident. Owners of the missing dogs contacted a local pet finder agency for help.

After Al and Alesha MacLellan, owners of Petsearchers, became suspicious of Paulsen’s story after speaking to her. They thought something didn’t seem right about the alleged theft. Eventually, the MacLellans convinced Paulsen to tell the truth.

She admitted to leaving the dogs in the back of her truck after she completed some personal business. Once she returned to the truck and learned the animals had died, she panicked. She then devised a plan to cover up the incident. The plan backfired because she didn’t count on whirlwind media attention or the efforts from the deceased pet owners to use a pet locator service.

The B.C. SPCA recommends anyone seeing a potential distressed animal in a hot vehicle contact local authorities. Temperatures inside a hot car and truck can lead to the animal’s death from heatstroke. The “Brookwood Six” included six dogs, which were loved by their owners. The following pets died:

· Mia – Pit Bull

· Teemo – Bouvier-Poodle cross

· Buddy – Boston Terrier

· Oscar – Rottweiler-Husky cross

· Salty – Border Collie

· Molly – Blue Heeler-Shepherd cross.

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