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A Rhode Island woman is sitting in jail and facing charges of animal cruelty and neglect after leaving her dog in a hot car on Sunday.
Keisha Davis, 20, of Woonsocket left her 6-month old, brown-and-white Pit Bull locked in her car, windows rolled completely up, for an unknown length of time on Sunday. When police discovered the dog, he was displaying obvious signs of distress.
As reported by Rhode Island’s WPRI News Channel 12, “He was cherry red. His ears were swollen shut. His gums, between his feet, he was rashed all over — obvious signs of heat,” said Doris Kay, Woonsocket’s animal control officer.
Police called a tow truck driver to the scene to unlock the vehicle, where they measured a temperature of 100-degrees inside the car.
Upon closer inspection, the puppy showed signs of long-term neglect and dehydration. Davis admitted that the dog had not been fed in more than a day.
The car and the dog were both registered to Davis, who entered a plea of not guilty to all charges at her arraignment yesterday.
Animal control officers are caring for the dog until a court decision is made in the case.
“You don’t need Channel 12 to tell you that you don’t leave your dog in a car,” said Woonsocket’s animal control officer. “You don’t need a book… It’s common sense. It’s hot for you, of course it’s going to be hot for your animal.”