Thursday, a Missouri woman visiting Florida was arrested on charges of animal cruelty after four dogs she left in her vehicle died, according to authorities.
A 911 call led to the capture of Tesia White in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Officers were informed that White’s car was running with the windows rolled up and the air conditioning on while he was dining at a nearby restaurant.
According to FOX 35, the caller said, “We have four dogs on the side that were, they accidentally turned the air conditioning off in the car, and they were trapped in a hot car, and now they’re all laying on the side, and none of them are moving, and they’re all like foaming from the mouth.“
Officials reported that the deceased dogs were left alone in the vehicle.
According to the police report, a huge puddle of liquid was observed “coming from under the vehicle into the nearby storm drain which appeared that the vehicle was running for a period of time.”
“We leave them in the car all the time with it running and the AC on, but they just absolutely turned it off, this time,” the 911 caller said.
During her lunch, White allegedly checked on the dogs once, but when she returned to her car approximately one hour later, she discovered that they had died. The average temp outside was approximately 85 degrees, which, according to the American Veterinary Association, can cause automobiles to reach temperatures of approximately 130 degrees.
She left a 4-year-old Goldendoodle, a 2-year-old Boxer, and two 12-week-old Goldendoodle puppies in the car, according to a police report.
White was taken to the Volusia County jail with a $10,000 bond after being charged with four counts of animal cruelty. A judge ruled during White’s arraignment on Friday that she cannot own any animals while the case is pending.