SLIDELL, La. (WDSU) — The Slidell Police Department arrested a Pearl River woman they say left a 6-month-old puppy in a hot car in a Walmart parking lot.
Slidell Police arrested Brittney Robertson, 27, for aggravated cruelty to animals after the puppy died.
On Wednesday officers responded to the Walmart on Natchez Drive after a 911 call was placed about a puppy in distress.
Witnesses told police a small puppy was trapped in a car in the parking lot.
According to the witnesses, the puppy was yelping, spitting up blood and acting lethargic.
Police say one witness forced their way into the car to render aid to the animal.
Slidell Police officers arrived, and rushed the puppy, named BoeBoe, to the nearest veterinary clinic.
The puppy had an internal temperature of over 109 degrees and was declared brain dead, according to police. The decision was made to euthanize the puppy, due to there being no other option, police say.
Robertson eventually came out of Walmart, and was placed under arrest for aggravated cruelty to animals.
She was inside of the store for over an hour and left the puppy inside the car, according to police.
The vehicle was not running, but the windows were slightly cracked. Robertson told officers she thought cracking the windows of the vehicle was sufficient enough air for the puppy.
Robertson was booked into the Slidell City Jail and was later transferred to the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
If convicted, Robertson would be fined not less than $5,000 and no more than $25,000, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not less than one year nor more than 10 years, or both, police say.
Slidell Police say it is important to note a common misconception is that cracking the windows of a vehicle creates sufficient enough ventilation for animals or a child. This is not the case. Even with the windows cracked, the temperature inside of a vehicle can still reach deadly temperatures for a pet or a human, especially during hot, summer months when the vehicle is left in direct sunlight, according to police.
By: WDSU Digital Team