PORTSMOUTH, RI (WLNE) - Portsmouth police have charged a woman with unnecessary cruelty to animals after her Golden Retriever died from being left in her car for several hours.

Police responded to a home on Union Street Monday for a report of a deceased dog.

Police say when they arrived on scene, they saw a 4-year-old Golden Retriever in the driveway of the home surrounded by family members.

Police learned that Emily Foley had been running errands with her children and dog.

They had returned home from running errands around 2:00 p.m. but it was not until 5:00 p.m. that the family discovered the dog was not inside the home with them, and was still inside the car.

Foley, 41, was charged with unnecessary cruelty to animals and animal confinement in motor vehicles.

She was arraigned Tuesday at 2nd Division District Courthouse in Newport.

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