Woman charged with animal cruelty after leaving dog in hot car, police say

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (WFSB/Gray News) – A Connecticut woman faces an animal cruelty charge after police say she left her dog in a hot car last month.

The Southington Police Department reports Denise Kedzierski, 58, was arrested on Monday.

According WFSBpolice were called to a care center parking lot on June 30 at around 1:45 p.m. to a report of an unattended dog in a white Jeep Cherokee.

Authorities said an arriving officer found the dog inside the vehicle with Kedzierski.

The pet owner allegedly told police she left her dog in the vehicle for no more than 20 minutes with the windows rolled down while inside the business.

Officers and witnesses reported the dog had been in the vehicle for at least 25 minutes, with both front windows open approximately two to three inches.

According to witnesses, the woman’s vehicle was parked in direct sunlight and the dog seemed increasingly lethargic, breathing heavily and panting.

The officer at the scene noted that the temperature was nearly 84 degrees at the time of the call.

On July 25, police said Kedzierski was arrested for animal cruelty based on his investigation.

Kedzierski was released on $5,000 bond with a court date scheduled for August 8.

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