Dogs left in hot vehicles, owners cited

Dogs left in hot vehicles, owners cited

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro Animal Control officers cited two women with animal cruelty after they left their dogs in hot vehicles.

The first incident occurred just before 10 a.m. in the parking lot at Walmart, 1815 E. Highland.

When Officer Kimberly Lochner arrived at the scene, she found a dog locked inside a gray Pontiac. A witness told Lochner the dog had been in the car for at least 30 minutes.

Using an infrared thermometer, Lochner determined the temperature inside the car was 108 degrees. She noted the car windows were down about an inch.

Lochner notified the store manager who paged the owner of the car, later identified as 29-year-old Sheila Stewart of Harrisburg.

Stewart reportedly told the officer she had arrived at the store around 12:40 p.m. and had not been inside very long.

Lochner noted in her report that she arrived at 12:54 and Stewart did not exit the store until 1:15 p.m.

She cited Stewart with animal cruelty with a court date of July 27.

Shortly after 1 p.m., Officer Mike Owens was called to the parking lot of Fuji Japanese Steakhouse, 2810 E. Highland, regarding a puppy found in a pickup truck.

Owens ran the tag, then asked the restaurant manager to page the owner.

According to the initial incident report, 25-year-old Crystal Wollos of Pocahontas came to the front and said the car belonged to her mother and that she had borrowed it.

Owens asked about the puppy and Wollos reportedly said they had "just picked it up and decided to get something to eat before going home."

She then opened the truck doors at Owens request. He noted the puppy was "panting very heavily."

According to an infrared thermometer, the seat the puppy had been sitting on registered 113 degrees. The inside roof of the truck was 116 degrees Owens stated in his report.

Owens cited Wollos with animal cruelty with a court date of July 27.

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Posted by Region 8 News on Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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