According to the Slidell Police Department, Lajessica McKenzie and Carleisha Shelly told officers at Louisiana's Northshore Square Mall they didn't think they would be shopping that long after police rescued a young puppy from their parked car on a 92 degree day.
On Sunday afternoon, Slidell police were dispatched to the parking lot of the mall and observed a pit bull puppy in a car in obvious distress. The windows of the vehicle were only down an inch, and there was no water for the dog. Officers decided to break into the vehicle to save the dog. According to Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith:
“There is no doubt that the puppy would have died if our officer wouldn’t have intervened. With the temperatures being as hot as they were, the inside of the car must have exceeded over 150 degrees; even with the windows cracked. People need to realize that leaving a child or animal inside of a vehicle during the summer can be deadly. My officers are instructed to take any action necessary to preserve life, whether it is a child or an animal."
Fortunately the puppy was still alive, but was "extremely dehydrated, lethargic and in need of medical attention." The puppy is now in the custody of Slidell Animal Control and is reported to be doing fine.
McKenzie, 23, and Shelly, 20, are alleged to have told authorities they had not expected to be shopping so long in the mall. They have been charged with animal cruelty.
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