HUNTERSVILLE, NC (WBTV) - A Huntersville woman was charged after police say a puppy was found dead in an outside kennel with no water.
Officers got a call about the puppy on on Sunday, July 23. When they went to the home, they said the puppy had already died after being left in the kennel with no water in extremely hot conditions.
An investigation was then conducted, and 38-year-old Shannon Bostic Naldony was charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals.
The Huntersville Police Department is using the tragic incident to remind pet owners of the dangers extreme heat can create for animals.
Police offered the following tips for pet owners to follow during periods of hot weather:
- Protect your pet from the sun’s rays by providing plenty of shade
- Keep them hydrated by ensuring they have access to fresh water
- Never leave a pet in a vehicle, not even with the windows cracked
- Avoid asphalt, if it’s too hot for bare feet it’s too hot for bare paws
- Don’t let playful pets over exert themselves by limiting their exercise in the heat
Be able to recognize the signs of heat stroke and seek veterinary attention immediately if exhibited. Some signs to look for are:
- Excessive Panting
- Dark Red Gums
- Rapid Heart Beat
Anyone with information about the Huntersville incident is asked to call Animal Services Officer McCutcheon at 704-464-5400.