Caraway woman cited by JPD for leaving dog in 111 degree car

A Jonesboro Police Department patrol car. Photo by Stan Morris.

CARAWAY, Ark. – It’s that time of the year where we begin to see reports about animals left in cars and even though the temperature outside isn’t sweltering, inside of a car, it is.

At 2:38 p.m. Thursday, Jonesboro Police Department was dispatched to Southern Eye Associates, 601 East Matthews Avenue, where a dog was left in a hot vehicle, a call said. At 2:53 p.m., Officer Eric Schmett arrived to find the white truck with a dog inside. The vehicle was not running and the front windows were slightly cracked, the report said. There was some water in the cup holder.

“The dog was panting,” Schmett said in the report. “It was laying on the floorboard in the shade.”

The officer used a digital thermometer to measure the temperature inside of the Ford F-150 and he reported it read 111 degrees Fahrenheit. Outside, the temperature was 79.

A full 30 minutes later, the suspect, Kimberly Pettit, 48, of Caraway, came outside to her vehicle. Pettit said she had been coming out to the vehicle periodically to check on the dog and let the air run.  The officer asked her when she last came out and she stated that it had been about 40 minutes.

He advised her it was too hot outside to leave a dog in a truck with no air conditioning and the windows cracked. She was cited for State Cruelty.

The officer concluded the incident at 3:40 p.m.

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