Dog left in hot car at Arden Fair Mall, Aug. 17, 2012
SACRAMENTO, CA - A dog was removed from a locked car at the Arden Fair Mall parking lot where the temperature read 128 degrees inside the car, said mall security.
A passerby noticed the dog in the car with the windows rolled up at 1:45 Friday afternoon, according to security chief Steve Reed. Mall security jimmied the door lock to free the dog and give it water. The dog was described as panting and lethargic.
It was believed the dog was in the car for an hour, Reed said.
As of 4 p.m., the dog's owner hadn't come back. When she did, she said she had left the car running for two hours but had forgotten an automatic shut-off cuts off the engine after 20 minutes. She didn't want to give her name but mall security said she appeared to be in her early 20s.
"I don't find anything wrong with it. I had the car on. I didn't know it shuts off," said the dog's owner. "So, it's not like I'm going to intentionally hurt my dog. I love my dog."
An Animal Control officer arrived and said the dog's temperature was 101.3 degrees, within normal range. The dog was taken by Animal Control.
It was unclear if the dog would be returned to the owner. The owner was cited and will be fined $500.
Natalie Sentz, email@example.com contributed to this report