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Dog owner forced to sit in her hot car by police. Here's why


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Friday, April 24, 2015, 1:00 PM - An Ohio police officer ordered a woman to sit inside her hot car as a punishment for leaving her dog unattended in the vehicle earlier this month.

According to 19 News Cleveland, the woman left the dog inside a Nissan Sentra at a Wal-Mart parking lot with the windows rolled up.

A passerby noticed and called police.

When the woman returned to her vehicle, the officer ordered her to sit in the car with the windows rolled up as a punishment.

Both the woman and dog were fine -- but the officer said the woman "looked uncomfortable."

The woman was not charged and was given a warning.

Officials are taking the opportunity to remind the public to never leave children and pets unattended in hot cars.

Temperatures can rise quickly inside a vehicle, resulting in heat exhaustion and -- in some cases -- death.  

RELATED VIDEO: WHY YOU SHOULDN'T LEAVE YOUR DOG IN A HOT CAR:

Police have received several calls about children left unattended in hot cars in the U.S. this month.

Officials are currently investigating three separate incidents of children being left unattended in hot cars -- one incident occurred in Florida, while the other two occurred in Arizona.

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