North Augusta tickets woman for leaving dog in hot car

NORTH AUGUSTA -- Police say a dog was left in a hot car at 11:45 a.m. Monday, which an infrared thermometer showed had an internal temperature of 140 degrees.

A citizen's tip brought North Augusta public safety officers to the parking lot of a bank on the 400 block of Georgia Avenue, where they reportedly found a dog panting heavily and searching for shade.

All the windows were rolled up on the car, which was parked in direct sunlight on an asphalt parking lot, a report states. An infrared thermometer showed an interior temperature of 140 F.

The dog's owner, Gabrielle Hopwood, 20, of the 3300 block of Maplewood Drive, was issued a ticket for ill treatment to an animal.


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