Woman arrested for leaving dog in car outside of Palm Desert Whole Foods

A woman was arrested this weekend after police say she left a dog in a car in the Whole Foods Palm Desert parking lot as temperatures soared to well over 110 degrees.

Police were called to the lot about 3 pm on Saturday for a report of a dog in a hot vehicle, according to KESQ. A Good Samaritan was able to remove the dog from the vehicle before police arrived and it was turned over to Animal Services personnel.
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Andrea Lawent, 59 of La Quinta, was taken into custody and charged with a misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals.

There was no word on just how long the dog was left in the vehicle.  Saturday’s high temperature in Palm Desert was 115 degrees.


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