LOUDONVILLE, OH (WOIO) - A dog was left in a car with no food or water for several hours earlier this week, Loudonville police said. The owner has been cited for animal cruelty.
Authorities said the dog was in obvious distress when they took action and broke one of the car's windows.
Pet owners are urged not to leave their animals in the car, even with the windows cracked, as temperatures begin to rise. Police said the temperature inside a closed vehicle can be up to 15 degrees hotter than the exterior temperature.
The owner, Heather Guegold, 33, was cited, though she claims her former partner was supposed to have picked up the dog, police said.
The 11-year-old Husky was taken to the Ashland County Animal Shelter. Authorities said the dog is doing fine.
Gov. John Kasich signed a bill this week that would protect a person who breaks into a hot car to save a child or pet. But the law does have provisions, a person must call 911 first. They must also check to see if the car is unlocked. They can break into the car if they feel the situation is an emergency.
The law goes into effect Aug. 29.
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