Couple Faces Charges For Leaving Dog In Hot Car

An Indianapolis couple is facing misdemeanor charges of animal neglect when a police officer saw their dog panting and barking in the cab of their pickup truck. The officer said that the couple left the Chihuahua in the car for more than 15 minutes in 87 degree temperature.

When the couple returned to the car, the police officer gave them a court summons but allowed them to take the dog home with them.

The couple appears before a judge to answer the charges and they could face a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

More on the case after the jump.


The couple said that they only left their dog in their car for only 10 minutes and that they parked in the shade and left two cups of water for their dog, Reese, to drink.

Winfield and Williams insist that Reese was never in danger. Winfield said she does not regret leaving her dog in the vehicle and said she does not understand why the police made a big deal out of a minor incident.

“I love her to death. That’s my baby. I love taking her places with me,” Winfield said. “I really just don’t understand.”

3 Responses to “Couple Faces Charges For Leaving Dog In Hot Car”

  1. Matt says:

    I wish that more people would call the police when they see a dog left in the car. Sometimes I would like to lock the owner in the car with the windows just cracked an inch “so no one can break in”

  2. Lynne says:

    I hope someone educates this woman. From the Humane Society website:

    On an 85-degree Fahrenheit day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within ten minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. At 110 degrees, pets are in danger of heatstroke. On hot and humid days, the temperature in a car parked in direct sunlight can rise more than 30 degrees per minute, and quickly become lethal.

    A recent study by the Stanford University School of Medicine showed that temperatures inside cars can rise dramatically even on mild days. With outside temperatures as low as 72 degrees, researchers found that a car’s interior temperature can heat up by an average of 40 degrees within an hour, with 80% of that increase in the first 30 minutes. A cracked window provides little relief from this oven effect. The Stanford researchers found that a cracked window had an insignificant effect on both the rate of heating and the final temperature after an hour.

  3. suscha says:

    people are not aware of this with their dogs on a beutiful day people like taking their dogs for a ride and are not aware of the degrees in the cars and what harm it could do to the dog you, should inform people about this so they know about it before they are taking to court they may be just an inoceent person that loves their dog and just dont like leaving them home maybe if they were educated about this before hand time they would leave their dog home

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