Phoenix police are investigating a possible case of animal cruelty after a dog died inside a locked SUV in a mall parking lot while his owner shopped.
Around 3:30pm on Monday, officers were called to the Christown Spectrum Mall in Phoenix, Arizona after reports of a dog locked in a hot car. Outside temperatures were hovering around 110-degrees midday, and central Arizona is under an official Excessive Heat Warning.
The 1-year old Pit Bull mix, Rader, was still alive when a mall security officer discovered him inside the vehicle, but by the time police arrived and entered the SUV, the dog was dead.
Police questioned the owner who said she’d been shopping in the mall for at least an hour while her dog lay dying in the hot car. She was not arrested and no charges have been filed as of yet. However, the investigation may result in animal cruelty charges.