Monday, July 24, 2017
Officers arrested a New Mexico woman on a cruelty to animals charge for leaving her dog inside her car where the temperature was 113 degrees in the Westport-Weston YMCA parking lot, police said today.
Lakesha Williams, 39 of Albuquerque, was arrested Wednesday, July 19, after the Animal Control Officer (ACO) and police officers had been dispatched following a call of a dog inside a vehicle.
“When the ACO arrived, she immediately took temperature readings and found that the outside surface temperature of the vehicle was 136 degrees Fahrenheit and temperature inside the car was 113 degrees Fahrenheit,” said Lt. David Farrell.
“Worried that the animal was in imminent danger, the ACO entered the vehicle and removed the dog,” he added. “Upon removal, the animal was panting heavily.”
Farrell said Williams, who was inside the YMCA, finally came outside “and did not think her dog was in jeopardy as she had left the windows partially open.”
“The windows, though, were only open about a half inch,” Farrell said.
Unable to post the $500 bond, Williams was remanded to Norwalk Superior Court the next day.
The dog was brought to an animal hospital as a precaution, Farrell said.
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