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A 30-year-old Norfolk woman was issued a ticket for leaving her dog unattended in the trunk of a car in 90-degree weather, police said.
A security officer working at the outlets first heard the dog “crying” at around 4:10 p.m. Saturday and went to investigate but was unable to see the dog in any of the seats, according to a police report.
The officer was able to unlock the car and reach the trunk by pulling down the rear seat. There, he found a small dog inside a dog crate. The dog appeared to be dehydrated, was panting and lying on his side and had urinated inside the cage, police said.
The officer poured water on the dog and gave him water to drink while he waited for James City County Animal Control to arrive.
The dog was in the trunk for at least 45 minutes, police said.
The dog’s owner, Latanya Samone Pratt, came back to her car while officers were still on the scene taking care of the dog, and police issued her a summons for cruelty to animals.