Shopper leaves 3 dogs in car in triple-digit temps, killing them: Police

A Rhode Island woman was arrested on animal cruelty charges Sunday after her three dogs reportedly died in a hot car.

According to, Jamestown police who responded to McQuade’s Marketplace found three dogs unresponsive in a parked car. Officials said the dogs were transported to an animal hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Citing police and authorities, the news outlet reported that the vehicle’s air conditioning wasn’t working and the windows were up. The dogs’ owner, Ann Garnett, 65, was also accused of leaving them without water.

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Chief Edward Mello told WPRI that officers, bystanders, and members of the Jamestown Fire Department attempted to revive the dogs at the scene, giving them water and even performing CPR.

Two of the deceased dogs were described as being a 4-year-old and 7-month-old black labrador retriever while the third was a 4-year-old gray Keeshond.

WPRI reported that surveillance footage indicated Garnett was in the store for an hour and a half. Garnett reportedly drove off but quickly returned to tell store employees that her dogs must’ve been stolen. Bystanders were said to have spotted their lifeless bodies in her car minutes later.

Speaking with the news station, a friend said Garnett told her that she left the air conditioning running but it had inexplicably had turned off.

Garnett was charged with unnecessary cruelty to an animal and confinement of an animal in a motor vehicle. She was released from custody following her arraignment.

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