A dog died after its owner left it in the car for 20 hours in the summer heat.
The pit bull’s owner, Sasha Koval, 27, intentionally left him in her vehicle while she went to work, Hollywood police said. Apparently, when Koval got home from work, he left the pup in the car for a few more hours.
Koval woke up around 2 p.m. the next afternoon to find her dog dead, about 20 hours after she first put him in the hot car, WPEC reported on Wednesday.
As AccuWeather shows, the temperature in Hollywood, Florida, peaked at 91 degrees Fahrenheit on June 18th.
Police received information about a case of animal neglect and began investigating on June 22. When they got to the area, they saw the brindle pit bull lying lifeless on the floor of the truck.
Police arrested Koval on Friday and she admitted her actions, police said.
Koval was charged with aggravated animal cruelty. She was sent to the Broward County Jail.
If convicted, Koval faces up to five years in prison and a fine of thousands of dollars.
No witnesses were found.
The investigations are ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the police.
It is not clear if Koval left her car’s window broken.
According to the American Kennel Club, dogs are prone to heat stroke.
“Most dog owners know not to leave a pet in a hot car.” “Temperatures can rise to dangerous levels in a matter of minutes, putting your dog at risk of heat stroke,” the organization explains on its website.
“But what if you open a window a little? Does this make it safe to leave your dog in the car?
The answer is simple. You should never leave a dog alone in the car, even if the windows are open a crack. It’s even illegal in some states.”
According to Broward County animal welfare laws, “it is against the law to leave an animal in a motor vehicle without proper ventilation or to expose it to extreme heat or cold.”
The pit bull’s death follows a spike in child deaths from car accidents. By spring, there were about twice as many such deaths as in the same period in 2022.
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