Woman facing felony charge after dog dies in hot car at Alabama Walmart

(Trussville Police Department)

TRUSSVILLE, Ala. (WBMA) — A woman is facing a felony charge after a dog was left locked in a hot car and died outside the Trussville Walmart.

Trussville Police attempted to locate the owner prior to breaking open a car window. Despite rescue efforts the dog died on scene.

Lt. Dillon with Trussville Police says surveillance video shows the vehicle owner arrived at the store at 4 a.m. that morning. It would be seven hours before the dog was discovered.

The driver of the vehicle confessed she parked the car and left her dog inside while she shopped, according to Trussville Police. Police say the driver stated she lost track of time and never went outside to check on the pit bull mix.

34-year-old Stephanie Shae Thomas, of Trussville, is facing a felony charge for aggravated cruelty to animals with a $25,000 bond. Thomas was arrested by Trussville Police late Thursday night and transferred to the Jefferson County Jail.

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