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Woman arrested after leaving dog in car during heat wave

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By Ana Bottary

abottary@abc6.com

On one of the hottest days of the year, a white Maltese, was discovered on Monday locked in a car. The engine was off and the window cracked no more than half an inch.

"He can't talk and say, I can't breathe, you know? People do this all the time, they just feel that the animals have no feelings. There just disposable,"says Karen S, a concerned shopper.

According to Cranston police, when officers found the little dog, it was having trouble breathing. And why wouldn't it? It was left in this car for more than 40–minutes with outside temperatures well into the 90's, while it's owner, Laura Figuereo went shopping at Garfield plaza.  Police checked area stores looking for Figuereo.When they couldn't find her, they broke the rear window. Fifteen minutes later, Figuereo showed up. She was arrested and charged with one count of animal confinement in a motor vehicle.
 
"It's an animal, it's a responsibility. You have to treat your animal like a member of the family. Would you leave a member of your family in the car? She got arrested and she deserved it,"says Phillip Scolardi, another concerned shopper.
 
The animal was brought to the Cranston animal shelter. Police say it will be held there until Figuero pays for any costs for maintenance, care, medical treatment, or confinement for the animal.
 

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