Sometimes people make mistakes because they do not have the right information or do not know how dangerous their actions could be. For instance, many people may not consider it harmful to leave dogs in vehicles on hot days as long as the windows are cracked. However, doing so could lead to animal abuse charges.
It was recently reported that one woman in Texas was taken into custody for this type of incident. Apparently, the woman had attempted to go to the park with her dog, but an intern of the park informed her that the particular area did not allow pets. The woman then reportedly took the animal back to her vehicle and left it. The intern went to the parking lot and saw the dog locked in a pickup truck and called the authorities.
Officers came to the scene, and the intern showed them the puppy inside the vehicle hiding under the seat. An officer broke one of the windows in the vehicle in order to get the dog out. It was noted that it was 91 degrees outside the vehicle at the time the officer retrieved the dog. Approximately an hour later, the woman attempted to leave the park, but an officer made contact with her, and she was charged with animal cruelty.
The woman may not have believed that leaving the dog in the vehicle would cause any harm, but now she faces a serious legal predicament. Animal abuse allegations can come with severe repercussions, and she certainly wants to work toward a favorable outcome. Gaining information on her legal options from local Texas resources may be wise.