Las Vegas woman accused of animal abuse after 2 dogs die in garage

LAS VEGAS — A Nevada woman is accused of animal abuse after her two dogs died inside a garage on a day when temperatures soared to triple figures, authorities said.

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Iesha Hill, 30, of Las Vegas, was charged with two counts of willful or malicious animal abuse, KNTV reported.

According to a police report, Hill is accused of leaving her two pit bull terriers -- a 4-year-old named Dive and a 1-year-old named Diamond -- inside a garage for “an excessive period of time” on Sunday, KLAS reported.

Authorities said the dogs were confined to the garage while temperatures in Las Vegas rose to 111 degrees, the television station reported.

According to the arrest report, Hill claimed that the dogs generally had access to the backyard of the home, but she put them in the garage because she had company for Father’s Day, KNTV reported.

Animal control officials reported that it appeared the dogs had been in the garage for “an excessive period of time,” the television station reported. There was urine and feces in the garage and no evidence that the animals had access to food and water, officials said.

The animal control officers also said that Diamond had cuts on its nose, and believe the dog was trying to dig through the concrete in the garage to find cooler air, according to KNTV.

Police said it appeared both dogs died of heat exhaustion and that the deaths “were a result of continual and prolonged neglect,” KLAS reported.