WAKE FOREST — A Franklinton woman is accused of animal cruelty in connection with the deaths of two dogs in her car.
Jennifer King, 34, left the dogs for close to three hours while she shopped at the Walmart on South Main Street, according to the Wake Forest Police Department. Police received a report that the dogs were dead at about 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
In a 911 call, a woman who described herself as an employee of Walmart told an emergency dispatcher that the dogs were found in an older Mercedes-Benz. The store’s staff paged the car’s owner several times but no one responded, according to the caller.
While temperatures on Wednesday morning were about 80 degrees, the temperature inside the woman’s vehicle exceeded 120 degrees, according to police. King, who is described in county records as unemployed, faces a felony charge of killing an animal by starvation, county records state.
King was held Wednesday at the Wake County Detention Center. Her bail had not been set as of 3:30 p.m.
An animal should never be left in a hot car, even with the air conditioning running, according to police. Animals suffering from heatstroke may display bright red gums and thick, heavy salivation. Any dog kept outside in hot weather should have shade, fresh water and, if possible, a child’s pool, according to police.
Boxers and bulldogs are particularly vulnerable.