A Prince George woman faces two felony counts of animal cruelty after she left her dogs in a hot car at a Chesterfield County Walmart.
Linda Pegram, 49, says she was driving back from the veterinarian Wednesday afternoon. Both animals had just received their updated shots. Her husband then called her and asked if she could pick up something from Walmart.
Pegram says she parked under some trees, which also happened to be in a fire lane. Chesterfield Police say they were notified at 1:15 p.m. of a car parked in the Walmart fire lane. Twelve minutes later a police officer arrived and noticed two dogs inside of the car. One was already dead. The officer busted the driver's side window to help but it was too late.
"I parked there so they could stay cool," said Pegram through tears. "I could run in and get what I had but I had no idea it was going to get this hot."
Bentley, a cocker spaniel, and Brinkley, a cockapoo, both died inside the car where the temperature reached over 100 degrees.
"I am so sorry," said Pegram. "I wish I could take it back."
Pegram is due in court Thursday at 10:30 a.m. If convicted, she faces up to ten years in prison.
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