A Rancho Cordova woman has been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty following the death of her 6-month-old dog, which was found locked inside a hot car in a Folsom parking lot Wednesday afternoon, the Folsom Police Department reported.
The Pomeranian/Shih Tzu, named "Gizmo," was found panting heavily on the rear floorboard of a black Honda around 5 p.m. Wednesday outside a supermarket in the 200 block of Blue Ravine Road, according to a police department release.
The little dog, which police estimate was in the car for at least 90 minutes, was taken for emergency treatment at a nearby animal hospital, where it died during the night, the release states.
TiAndra Davis, 21, identified as the dog's owner, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of felony animal cruelty, police reported. She was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail and being held in lieu of $10,000 bail, online jail booking logs indicate.
No water had been left in the car, according to the release. The windows were reportedly cracked about two inches. Regardless, Folsom authorities said, temperatures can rise rapidly to dangerous levels inside parked cars in hot weather.