Officials say temp was 145 in the car
Stephanie Tyler, 27, from La Grange, has been charged with second-degree cruelty to animals after leaving her dog in a hot car in Frankfort on Tuesday. The dog died, according to Frankfort Police Department spokesman Maj. Rob Warfel.
Warfel said animal control apparently responded to a phone call about a dog being left in a car, and then police got involved.
Warfel said when animal control and police arrived on the scene, the dog was found unresponsive in the car.
“Animal control checked the temperature of the vehicle and found it to be 145 degrees,” Warfel said.
Warfel said the dog was taken to a local veterinarian and was confirmed dead because of heat exhaustion after being left in the car for approximately an hour.
Warfel said when Tyler was questioned, she said she put the dog in the vehicle because it had been aggressive toward kids.
Warfel additionally said animal control had received a call earlier in the day about the same dog.
“Animal control said the dog had been tethered to the bumper of a vehicle in the driveway and that is against a city ordinance,” Warfel said. “Tyler was apparently warned by animal control to untie the dog, and she took the dog inside.”
Tyler’s first-degree charge was later changed to second-degree animal cruelty, Warfel said.
By Brittany Ellis
The State Journal