“We had just finished shopping and we were on our way home. I just happened to look over at the warehouse,” said a witness who asked to remain anonymous. “That’s when we passed by her car. It was so hot outside and we just couldn’t believe it. I immediately got out my phone and called the police.”
A woman was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals on Thursday afternoon after police were dispatched to a car literally crammed full of dogs. The animals were left unattended in the sweltering heat.
“The car was parked beside a warehouse,” said Bastrop police officer Craig Darwin.
The police report stated that a witness passed by the Bastrop Mini Warehouse and saw a vehicle with the windows cracked with a lot of dogs inside.
The Bastrop Police Department and Bastrop Animal Control were dispatched at about 12:35 p.m.
Marilyn McLeland stated in the report that she had left her dogs in the car with only a small crack in the windows in order to move and had left them water.
“I wasn’t planning on being gone for that long,” McLeland told police.
She stated that she had 14 dogs all together, but there were actually 18.
Two had tragically died from the extreme overheating in the car.
The 16 remaining dogs were said to have been in great distress, and on the verge of dying.
McLeland stated that she has been homeless and was in the process of moving. The dogs had reportedly been left in the vehicle for over three hours.
At the time the temperature was 87 degrees Fahrenheit.
McLeland was booked into the Morehouse Parish Jail and charged with two counts of aggravated animal cruelty.
While we are saddened by the horrific and senseless deaths of these two dogs, this case serves as an excellent cautionary tale for the rest of us. Under no circumstances is it every permissible to leave dogs unattended in a hot car.
They are unable to regulate their body temperature like human beings, and what might be just uncomfortable for us, can easily kill them. If your furry bestie can’t go inside with you, it’s best to leave them at home.
Do you leave your dog unattended in the car?