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Dog, rat dead after being left in hot car outside pet store

October 16, 2012 | 10:17 pm

Two pets, a dog and a rat, died after being left in a hot car in Sacramento County on Tuesday afternoon.

The car was left in the Madison Avenue PetCo store parking lot.

A security guard in that shopping complex reportedly had to smash the car’s window with a hammer to get inside in an effort to rescue the animals.

Shopping security told FOX40 that the dog was a Dachshund.

The woman reportedly told the security guard that she was in the middle of a dispute with her landlord over how many pets she’s allowed to have.

Temperatures in Fair Oaks, near when the dogs were found, were in the low 80s. On an 80-degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 100 degrees in about 10 minutes, experts say.

Authorities have not decided whether to press charges against the woman.

--Fox 40