CHICO, Calif. - A woman left several dogs in a motorhome during 95-degree weather on Tuesday afternoon and was arrested for cruelty to animals.
Officers located the motorhome parked on Orchard Drive in Chico and, while checking to see if the vehicle was abandoned, contacted Annabella Ray during the process, who claimed responsibility.
The Officers could hear and see several small dogs inside the vehicle and noted the outside temperatures of almost triple-digits.
Ray admitted leaving the dogs unattended in the car for three-and-a-half hours and told Officers the dogs had been in good health when she left, though when Officers and Ray checked on the conditions of the dogs, one had died in the motorhome.
It was also noted that there was no water for the dogs and ventilation was poor.
Ray was arrested for cruelty to animals and was transported to the County jail.
The seven live dogs were taken to a local vet where they were examined while the dead dog was taken for a forensic necropsy.
This should serve as a reminder to not leave animals unattended in vehicles during the hot months. Temperatures inside the vehicle can reach dangerous highs causing serious injury or, as in this unfortunate case, death.
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