Cops: Dog dies in hot car while owner shops

CRESTVIEW, Fla -- 49-year-old Cassaundra Rasmussen was arrested after police say she left her dog Waldo inside her car at a Wal-Mart parking lot on the morning of Thursday, June 26, 2014.

The dog was discovered by another a Wal-Mart shopper in the parking lot in the afternoon.

Police say there was no food or water in the car for the dog and even though a window was partially cracked, temperatures rose which resulted in the dog's death.

Police say Rasmussen was inside of Walmart "browsing" for approximately 13 hours, and when confronted, she stated that she forgot the dog was inside of the vehicle.

The dog's cause of death was heat exhaustion as a result of the high temperatures in the vehicle, according to police.

Cassaundra Rasmussen was charged with one count of Misdemeanor Cruelty Towards Animals.


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