GREEN BAY, WIS. (WBAY) – A 55-year-old woman faces a charge of mistreating an animal after allegedly leaving a dog locked in a heated vehicle in the Lambeau Field parking lot.
The Green Bay police were called to the parking lot outside the Packers Pro Shop at around 12:36. Thursday.
Police said the Golden Retriever was locked in a hot vehicle for about three hours. The windows were rolled.
The dog was taken to an animal hospital where he was pronounced dead.
A 55-year-old woman, Lawrence, faces a charge of mistreatment of animals causing death. The woman is not in detention at the present time. The police do not reveal his name until formal charges are filed by the prosecutor's office.
Police are urging dog owners to leave their pets at home rather than keeping them in a vehicle for an extended period. The ASPCA states that the temperature inside a vehicle can reach up to 20 degrees Celsius higher than the outside temperature.
According to the ASPCA, at 85 degrees a day, it takes 10 minutes for the interior of a car to reach 102 degrees. It only takes 30 minutes for a car to reach 120 degrees.
Temperatures were around 80 degrees in Green Bay on Thursday afternoon.
Wisconsin has a state law that protects citizens from breaking a window to save an animal or a person.
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