Dog dies inside locked car after temperatures reach 135 degrees

EL CAJON (KUSI) – A dog left inside a car in El Cajon died after temperatures reached 135 degrees. 

San Diego County Sheriff Deputies were informed by a citizen that a dog was in distress in a VW Jetta with locked doors and closed windows.

The deputies attempted to rescue the dog by breaking through the windows and after doing so, they discovered the dog was deceased.

Temperatures in the car were recorded at approximately 135 degrees while the outside temperature was 95.

Officers later learned that the owners had left the dog unattended in the car for five hours outside the El Cajon Courthouse at 250 E. Main Street.

Deputies were able to find the owner, who was in court attending to a court related matter.

The owner of the dog, 46 year-old Victoria Williams of Brawley California was booked into the San Diego County Jail Women’s Detention Facility on the charge of Animal Cruelty.

At this time it is believed that the dog, an adult Pit Bull Terrier, died as a result of excessive heat exposure.

A necropsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death. It is unknown at this time when the results will be released.

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