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Dog, rat owned by woman in pet dispute taken from hot car, die

October 17, 2012 |  6:58 am


A dog and rat that died after being left in a hot car in Sacramento County were owned by a woman who was in the middle of a dispute with her landlord over how many pets she was allowed to have, officials say.

The animals died Tuesday in the parking lot of a Petco in Fair Oaks. A security guard at the shopping center reportedly had to smash the car’s window with a hammer to try to rescue the animals. Security guards told Fox40 in Sacramento that the dog was a dachshund.

Temperatures when the animals 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 had not decided whether to press charges against the woman.


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-- Rowena Shaddox, Fox40 Sacramento