3 dogs die in hot car in Rhode Island, police say; owner charged

Rhode Island woman facing charges after 3 dogs die in hot car

JAMESTOWN, R.I. — A Rhode Island woman is facing animal cruelty and other charges after police said she left her three dogs inside a hot car, where they died.

According to WPRI-TV, Jamestown police arrested Ann Garnett, 65, on Sunday after authorities found two black Labrador retrievers and a keeshond unresponsive inside a vehicle with closed windows. Although the car was running, its air conditioner was broken, authorities said.

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Emergency crews and witnesses attempted to save the animals, which had been inside the vehicle "for an extended period," the Providence Journal reported. The dogs then were taken to a nearby animal hospital and pronounced dead, WPRI reported.

Garnett, the dogs' owner, was charged with three counts each of unnecessary animal cruelty and confining an animal in a vehicle.