Richmond Police charged a woman with cruelty to animals Friday after an officer reported finding the woman's dog locked in her hot car, in the Walmart parking lot.
Police say 58-year-old Robin White, of Cincinnati, left the windows slightly open for the dog, but the vehicle wasn't running and the temperature at the time was around 90 degrees.
The officer says attempts were made to locate the vehicle owner, through announcements over the public address system inside Walmart, but no one responded. The officer says the small white dog appeared to be suffering from heat-related stress (labored breathing, lethargy), and the officer decided to unlock the vehicle and remove the canine for its own safety. Police say the dog was put inside the air conditioned police vehicle, and eventually taken to the police station and given water.
Shortly thereafter, police say the owner of the vehicle was identified as White. They took her to the police station and cited her for cruelty to animals 2nd degree.
Police say the dog was returned to the owner after it was cooled and provided water.