Posted: Jun 30, 2014 3:08 PM by Brock Sues
Updated: Jun 30, 2014 3:53 PM
SLIDELL - Officers arrested two people on animal cruelty charges after Slidell Police rescued a puppy that was locked in a vehicle Sunday afternoon.
Police said they responded to the parking lot of Northshore Square Mall after they received calls from witnesses reporting the puppy in distress in a vehicle with the windows barely cracked. Police said when they got there the temperature was already around 92 degrees, and officers chose to break into the vehicle and rescue the puppy.
The puppy was found to be dehydrated and lethargic when police rescued it from the vehicle, and the animal was handed over at the scene to Slidell Animal Control to be treated for exposure to high temperatures.
Slidell Police said the dog's owners did not return to the vehicle for another half hour, and estimated the temperatures in the car were likely close to 150 degrees while the puppy was still inside.
Police arrested 23-year-old Lajessica McKenzie and 20-year-old Carleisha Shelly for simple cruelty to animals when they returned to the vehicle. The women told officers they didn't think they would be shopping for a long period of time, according to investigators.
"People need to realize that leaving a child or animal inside of a vehicle during the summer can be deadly. My officers are instructed to take any action necessary to preserve life, whether it is a child or an animal," says Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith.
Slidell Animal Control said the puppy was doing well as of Monday morning, and will be housed at the Slidell Animal Shelter until it is determined if the women will be allowed to have the dog back.