Woman leaves dog in hot car

Posted: July 24, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — A Berryville woman was charged with animal cruelty Friday after city police say she left her dog in a hot vehicle.

Officers were called just after 1:15 p.m. to the Walmart at 2300 S. Pleasant Valley Road for a report of a dog that had been left in a vehicle, according to Winchester Police Department Sgt. Frank Myrtle.

Animal control officers determined when they arrived that the 2-year-old border collie, named Abby, was in distress.

She was taken to an animal hospital to be treated for heat exposure and later to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Winchester and Frederick and Clarke Counties, Myrtle said.

Alice Katherine Urquhart, 52, was issued a summons for animal cruelty.

A seizure hearing is set for 11 a.m. Aug. 26 in Winchester General District Court.

Myrtle said it was 93 degrees outside Friday and that the dog was in a crate in the back of a truck with a topper on it.

The internal temperature of the crate was 108 degrees, he added.

It was previously reported by the city police department that any temperature in excess of 103 degrees is dangerous to dogs and requires immediate treatment.

A woman at the local SPCA would not confirm Tuesday whether Abby was at the facility.

Tammy Fiddler, 41, of Stephens City, left her dog in a hot vehicle in the same Walmart parking lot July 9.

She was charged with animal cruelty, taken to and released from jail and is awaiting her first hearing in the case.

That case is set for 10 a.m. Aug. 5, also in Winchester General District Court.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com