SMITHFIELD – A 19 year-old woman has been charged with animal cruelty after police said she left a puppy in a hot car at UNC Johnston Health in Smithfield.
On June 17th around 3:20pm, with afternoon temperatures in the 90’s, police allege Juliya Jones of Durham left a puppy inside her car while she went inside the hospital to visit a patient. Police said the car was turned off and the windows were only rolled down slightly.
A concerned citizen noticed the puppy had been in the car for approximately 30 minutes and was in obvious distress and notified police.
The Smithfield Fire Department and Police Department responded. Police said a fire department heat sensor indicated elevated temperatures inside the vehicle. The puppy was removed from the car and cooled.
Jones was cited for misdemeanor animal cruelty and released at the scene pending a July 21 court appearance. The puppy was returned to her at the scene.