Maryland Woman Charged With Leaving Dog in Hot Car

Authorities believe the dog was in the car for about 90 minutes

Monday, Jul 22, 2013  |  Updated 2:55 PM EDT
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A Harford County woman has been charged with animal cruelty after authorities say she left her dog in an overheated car while she went shopping.

Daphne Luckhardt is accused of leaving an Australian cattle/beagle mix in a car while she went shopping at the Kohl's department store in Forest Hill.

Authorities believe the dog was in the car for about 90 minutes. The windows were slightly open.

The dog was dehydrated when deputies arrived and is now in the custody of animal control.

Deputies were called Friday afternoon to the parking lot, and Luckhardt was arrested.

Luckhardt, who is from Jarrettsville, according to court records, was released on personal recognizance. A telephone number for Luckhardt couldn't immediately be found. Court records don't list a lawyer.

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