Woman Arrested for Allegedly Leaving Dog in Hot Car

Posted: July 10, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — A Stephens City woman was arrested Tuesday after police say she left her dog in a hot car.

Alvin  — a springer spaniel mix — was taken to an animal hospital and treated for heat exposure.

Winchester Police Department spokeswoman Lauren Cummings said he had an internal temperature of 106.8.

City officers were called around 2:30 p.m. to the 2300 block of South Pleasant Valley Road after someone reported the dog locked in a truck without ventilation.

The outside temperature was 80 degrees, but the internal temperature of the truck was 95 degrees.

Tammy Fiddler, 41, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. 

She was taken to and later released from the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center, according to a jail official.

Once out of the hospital, the dog will be signed over to the custody of the local branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Cummings said there also will be a custody hearing to determine whether Fiddler will get the dog back.

For more information about the incident and to find out when the hearing will be held, read Thursday’s Winchester Star.

 — Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com