Monifa Ayadelle Pendleton, 44, has been charged with four counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty this week, after leaving her 15-year-old Yorkshire Terrier in a parked car at the 2300 block of Forest Drive in Annapolis, for over two hours reported the baltimoresun.com.
The outdoor temperature in Annapolis on Tuesday was reported to have been 88.8 degrees.
When Pendleton returned to her car and found her lethargic little dog, Chloe, she rushed into Petco crying for help. Arundel County Animal Control was called and immediately transported the dog to a vet where the dog was diagnosed with extreme heat stroke. Her organs had already shut down, and Chloe had to be humanely euthanized.
In May, an Alabama woman was charged with five counts of animal cruelty after she left five dogs in a car as she shopped at a Southside Walmart. When she returned, four of the dogs had already died; the fifth dog had to be humanely euthanized at the veterinarian hospital where he was rushed after the incident. The outdoor temperatures that day were in the 80s.
Heat stroke is 100% preventable. Everyday the news warns pet owners to leave their pets at home during the summer, and if you take your pet with you, do not leave them in a car. Take someone else with you who can stay with your pet and sit in the shade, or better yet, leave your pet at home or in a shaded yard with plenty of water.
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