Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Alabama woman charged in death of dog left in auto

Alabama woman charged in death of dog left in auto

She says she recently ran out of her medication.

A Jefferson County woman faces an animal cruelty charge after her dog passed away Wednesday due to extreme heat in a vehicle.

Stephanie Shae Thomas, 34 of Trussville, is charged with Aggravated Cruelty to Animals Friday.

Thomas told al.com she doesn't understand why she was in the store for hours and learned something was wrong after she checked out when a Walmart worker said, "The police are looking for you".

Officers arrived at the scene after reports of a dog inside a vehicle with the engine not on, according to Trussville Police Department.

A bystander's cellphone video captured the moment officers lifted the limp animal from the vehicle.

Thomas was jailed on a $25,000 bond.

Court records weren't available to show whether Thomas had a lawyer who could speak on her behalf.

The dog was still breathing when she was pulled from the vehicle by rescuers but died a short time later despite efforts to revive her. Thomas confessed to leaving the dog in her vehicle while she shopped.

"She stated that she never went outside the store to check on the dog and that she lost track of time while she was shopping", said Dillon.

"There were so many people standing around really pulling for this dog, and the outcome was not what we hoped for", Guthrie said.

The woman - Stephanie Shae Thomas, 34 - was paged several times by name over the store's loudspeaker.

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