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Wake Forest woman charged with animal cruelty after dogs die in hot car

King has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty after allegedly leaving her two dogs in a car where they died as the interior temperatures climbed to 120 degrees.
King has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty after allegedly leaving her two dogs in a car where they died as the interior temperatures climbed to 120 degrees.Wake County Police/wncn.com

A Walmart parking lot in Wake Forest, N.C. was the tragic scene of the death of two black dogs after a woman allegedly left her pets in her car for over three hours on Wednesday morning while she shopped reported abc11.com.

Jennifer King, 34, of Franklinton left the windows cracked slightly open, but that didn't benefit the dogs as they suffered and died with temperatures reported to have reached over 120 degrees inside of the car.

A Walmart employee, Spryte Anderson called 911 to report one of the dogs lying dead in the car's front seat.

King was transported to the Wake County Detention Center; bond was set at $10,000.

The death of these two dogs is another tragic reminder of the danger of leaving pets in cars. According to the Humane Society of the United States never leave pets in a car:

"Not even for a minute. Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die."

If you see an animal in a parked car, please contact the police. Be the voice for those who cannot speak.

Rest in peace sweet dogs.

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