Rock Hill Police cited a 44-year-old woman on Wednesday with animal cruelty after they found her toy poodle inside a hot car in the Walmart parking lot on Dave Lyle Boulevard.
Officers say they found the dog panting heavily after being locked inside the car with no water for more than an hour, according to the police report. Only one car window was cracked and the temperature outside around 11:30 a.m. was nearly 80 degrees, the report states.
An officer unlocked the car's door and removed the poodle shortly after arriving. The dog's heart was "racing fast" and he was taken to a patrol car and given water, according to the report.
After being in the store for nearly 90 minutes, the dog's owner returned to the parking lot where she argued with police that the car was "still cool inside."
The Rock Hill woman told police that she was in the store to get a cell phone activated "and that it took longer than expected," the report states. The woman was issued a citation for cruelty to animals under a Rock Hill ordinance.
Anna Douglas 803-329-4068