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It doesn’t have to be 100-degrees outside for a car to be too hot for a dog to survive. The high temperature was only 81-degrees in Chiloquin, Oregon on Monday when three Rottweilers died of heat exhaustion in a hot car.
Their owner, a 65-year old woman whose name has not been released, parked her truck outside of a restaurant around 9:15am on Monday and went inside to make phone calls. Four hours later, Klamath County animal control received a call reporting three dogs dead, despite one passerby’s attempt to free and save them.
The dogs’ owner is facing three counts of first-degree animal abuse charges in the deaths of two males and one female Rottweiler, aged 1 to 5 years.
If charged and convicted, the woman could spend up to 90 days in jail and pay up to $18,750 in fines, animal control officer Gale McMahon explained to The Mail Tribune. She could also lose her right to own dogs for up to five years.