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Dog dies in hot car outside Ore. mall

By jim Published: April 23, 2009

With summer approaching in Ohio, this story serves as a reminder that it's not just kids who should never be left in a car.

TUALATIN, Ore. (AP) — The warm weather early this week claimed the life of a dog that was left in a car outside an upscale shopping mall.

Tualatin Police say 55-year-old Linda Rae Daniels of Cottage Grove took her pet pug to Bridgeport Village on Monday. Daniels parked her sport utility vehicle in the direct sunlight on an 80-degree day, leaving the dog inside with the back windows rolled down a few inches.

Daniels told police she spent about an hour inside a store, and returned to find the pug not breathing. She poured water on the dog in an unsuccessful effort to revive it.

She then covered the dog with a carpet and went back to the store.

Police later took the body to the Humane Society, which found evidence of heat stroke. Police spokeswoman Jennifer Massey says Daniels was given a criminal citation for animal neglect.

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