A 3-month-old husky was left in a car where the inside temperature soared to 137 degrees Wednesday afternoon while a Columbus woman was at a doctor’s appointment, a police officer said during a Thursday Recorder’s Court hearing.
Amber Patterson, 25, pleaded not guilty to one count of cruelty to animals in the 3:30 p.m. incident in the parking lot of a Columbus Regional office at 2000 10th Ave. Judge Julius Hunter ordered Patterson held in the Muscogee County Jail on $500 bond and bound the case over to State Court.
Officer Michael Aguilar said police were called to check on a small dog inside of a car. Before he arrived, an officer from animal control was already on the scene. A witness told police that it appeared the dog was trying to get out of the vehicle through a window cracked open.
The animal control officer said the inside temperature of the car was 137 degrees in the parking lot. The dog had his head out of the window which was open about 4 to 6 inches.
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Aguilar said the dog was in the vehicle for an hour before police were called. No one had checked on the dog and it had no access to water.
The woman was represented by public defender Charles Lykins. She admitted to leaving the dog in the car but disputed the claim about the water. Patterson said water was in the car but the officer couldn’t see any.
Patterson said she arrived for her appointment about 2:16 p.m. and she could see the dog from the doctor’s office while she was getting an ultrasound and other lab work. “I heard him yelping,” she told the court.
Patterson said she was told that she needed to check on the Husky. “I panicked,” she said. “I apologize.”
When asked by Lykins about the dog’s condition, Patterson said the dog seems like he’s fine. The dog has been in the care of animal control since Patterson’s arrest, she said. Her brother had checked on the dog, she said.