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Oregon woman charged with first degree animal abuse after dogs die in hot car

Three dogs died after they were left in a woman's vehicle for four hours this week.
Three dogs died after they were left in a woman's vehicle for four hours this week.

A Klamath County woman has been charged with three counts of first degree animal abuse in the death of her three Rottweilers left in a car on Monday at a local restaurant reported the

According to authorities, the dogs were left in the woman's vehicle for four hours while she allegedly was making phone calls in a restaurant on Highway 97. The three Rottweilers; one five-year-old male, a one-year-old male, and a one-year-old female were left unattended in the vehicle. Outdoor temperatures on Monday were in the 80s, and the interior temperature of the car registered over 100 degrees.

A Good Samaritan saw the dogs and tried to resuscitate them, but was too late.

According to, the woman is from Eagle Point; her name has not been released. If found guilty, she faces a maximum sentence of three months in jail, $18,750 in fines, and a possible ban from owning any pets for five years.

If you see a dog in a hot car, immediately call animal control agency, the police, or dial 911.You can also try to find the dog’s owner by going into the business or restaurant and making an announcement. Heat stroke can happen to a dog in less than ten minutes.

The following symptoms for heat stroke include:

Excessive panting
Excessive drooling
Increased heart rate
Trouble breathing
Collapse or loss of consciousness
Respiratory arrest

Be kind to your pets, and leave them home in the summer. The death of these three dogs was 100% preventable.

In Bexar County, a former K-9 handler with the local sheriff's office is on trial this week for animal cruelty in the death of his yellow Labrador retriever who authorities state died from heat stroke after the dog was left in a patrol car.

Rest in peace beautiful dogs.

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