SACRAMENTO, CA - A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was left in a hot car at Arden Fair Mall while the owner was shopping inside Sunday.
Witnesses saw the dog in the vehicle and called police, animal control and mall security.
As authorities were determining what to do to get the dog out of the vehicle, the owner showed up and let the dog out of the vehicle. Animal control and police warned the woman and chose not to cite her.
"Animal control advises that ten minutes in direct sunlight is enough to kill a dog. So you need to be very careful with that, let alone a small child," said Officer Josh Dobson, with the Sacramento Police Department.
Consequences for leaving a pet in a hot vehicle can be hefty, as the owner could have been cited for felony animal cruelty and faced fines and possibly jail time.
"That quick trip to the mall is usually not that quick. And it's just easier to make the right decision and take your kid and even your dog inside the mall with you," said Dobson.
For more information about the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars, visit www.MyDogisCool.com.