Question: Please warn your readers about leaving dogs alone in hot cars. In our town, a terrible tragedy occurred when two dogs were locked inside a car for two hours. When the owner returned from her shopping, both dogs were dead. I'm glad she was charged with animal cruelty. I say, if you see pets locked in a hot car, break the windows! — S.J., Joliet, Ill.
Answer: On July 4, Maya Webb, of Bettendorf, Iowa , went shopping at a furniture store in Joliet, Ill., leaving her two pit bulls in the car. By the time she returned, the dogs had died of heat stroke. It was only about 81 degrees outside, but the car windows were closed. Webb told police she left the dogs in the car with the car ignition running and the air conditioning on. Police say the engine was not running. Webb was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a Class 4 felony.