Connecticut Police Rescue Dog In Hot Car; Owner Charged With Animal Cruelty

HAMDEN, Conn. — Connecticut police are reminding people animals should not be left alone in hot cars after they had to rescue a small dog June 2.

According to police, they were called to a parking lot on the report of animal cruelty.

Police were alerted by a concerned citizen that a “small Bichon mix” dog was left inside of a parked car and was panting excessively.

Hamden Officer Rachel Zinni went into the nearby Stop & Shop, and made an announcement over the loudspeaker to try and find the owner. No one came.

The fire department was called to help free the dog from the car; fire crews said the interior of the car had reached 120 degrees.

As crews worked to free the dog, the owner returned to the vehicle with a cart full of groceries, according to police. Investigators learned the dog was left inside the car for approximately 45 minutes.

Hamden police arrested Shi Zhuhong, 47, and charged with her with animal cruelty. Zhuhong is set to appear in Meriden Superior Court June 17.

Police reminded people that pets should not be left in vehicles unattended, especially on warm or hot days.

If you observe an animal locked inside of a hot vehicle:

  • Write down the make, model and license plate number of the vehicle.
  • Contact your local police department or animal control division.
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