A Stephens City woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with animal cruelty. The Winchester Police Department was called to the 2300 block of South Pleasant Valley Road around 2:30 p.m. for the report of a dog locked in a truck without ventilation. When officers arrived the dog was in distress. He was panting heavily and attempting to get out of the vehicle. The outside temperature at the time was around 80 degrees. The internal temperature of the truck was 95 degrees. Officers removed the dog from the vehicle. The dog was taken to an animal hospital to be treated for heat exposure with an internal temperature of 106.8 degrees. Any temperature in excess of 103 degrees is dangerous to dogs and requires immediate treatment.
Tammy Fiddler, 41, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. She was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.
The Winchester Police Department wants to remind residents to leave their animals at home when it’s hot outside. It only takes a few minutes for the inside of your car to reach a dangerous temperature, even when the windows have been left open. If you see an animal left alone in a hot car, call police.
This press release was prepared by Lauren Cummings, Police Community Relations/Crime Prevention Specialist. (540) 545-7548 (office) firstname.lastname@example.org