Dog dies in hot car in Trussville, Alabama

An Alabama woman left her dog in the car in a Walmart parking lot for seven hours as temperatures rose to the 90s on the Fourth of July.

Police say the woman arrived at the Walmart around 4 a.m. on Wednesday. Police received the first call around 11 a.m., but the owner did not arrive until an hour later.

Onlookers who spotted the helpless dog say the back window was slightly cracked and there was water left in the front seat. By the time onlookers and police got into the car, it was too late. They tried cooling it down with ice, shading it with a blanket, and giving it chest compressions.

Stacie Guthrie, who captured the video on her cellphone, says the dog was slow to respond and breathing heavily before it was rescued from the car. “I don’t understand. There’s warnings out there and you think everybody knows to not leave animals in the car, but people still do.”

Police say the woman is not a Walmart employee and are unsure what she was doing in that time. The woman was not arrested, but police expect charges will be filed by the end of the week.

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