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A Missouri woman visiting Florida was arrested on Thursday for animal cruelty after four dogs she left in her vehicle died, officials said.
Tesia White was apprehended in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, after authorities were alerted by a 911 call. Officers were told the car was on with the air conditioning on and the windows open while White was having lunch in a nearby restaurant.
“We have four dogs on the side who accidentally turned off the air conditioning in the car, and they got trapped in a hot car, and now they’re all lying on their side, and none of them are moving, and they’re all like foam coming out of your mouth,” the caller said, according to FOX 35.
Officials said the deceased dogs were left alone inside the car.
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The police report said a large puddle of liquid was seen “coming from under the vehicle into the nearby storm drain which appeared to indicate the vehicle had been running for some time”.
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“We leave them in the car running and the air conditioning on all the time, but they absolutely turned it off this time,” the 911 caller said.
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According to police, White checked the dogs once during her lunch, but found them dead when she returned to her car after her lunch about an hour later. Investigators said the outside temperature was around 85 degrees, which the American Veterinary Association says can cause cars to reach temperatures of around 130 degrees.
A police report said she left a 4-year-old Goldendoodle, a 2-year-old Boxer and two 12-week-old Goldendoodle puppies in the car.
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White was charged with four counts of animal cruelty and was taken to the Volusia County Jail on $10,000 bond. A judge said Friday during White’s arraignment that she was not allowed to own animals while the case progresses.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.