Crime

Rhode Island woman arrested after 3 dogs die in hot vehicle

Police said the air conditioning was not working in the vehicle.

A Rhode Island woman was arrested Sunday after her three dogs died inside a hot vehicle in Jamestown, according to authorities.

Ann Garnett, 65, faces several animal cruelty charges stemming from the deaths of her two black labs — one 4 years old, the other 7 months — and her 4-year-old gray Keeshond, Jamestown police said in a statement.

Authorities responded to McQuades Marketplace on Clarke Street around 4 p.m. for a report of three dogs found unresponsive inside a vehicle, officials said.

“The officers and bystanders along with members of the Jamestown Fire Department attempted to revive the three dogs and transported them to Newport Animal Hospital,” police said in the statement. “All three dogs were determined to be deceased.”

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An investigation determined the air conditioning inside the vehicle was not working and the windows were rolled up during the incident, police said. The dogs were in the vehicle for “an extended period of time,” authorities said.

“The dogs were left without any water in the vehicle,” officials said.

Garnett told a friend she left the car running with the air conditioning on, but it must have turned off somehow, WPRI reports.

Garnett, of Jamestown, was charged with three counts each of unnecessary cruelty to an animal and confinement of an animal in a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor charge, police said.

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The cruelty charge, a felony, carries a potential penalty of five years in prison and a $1,000 fine for each count, officials said.

Garnett was arraigned Sunday and released, according to authorities.