Richmond SPCA CEO's Deaf, Blind Dog Dies in Hot Car

Woman didn't know husband put 16-year-old pet in her car

Wednesday, Aug 26, 2009  |  Updated 8:44 PM EDT
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Richmond SPCA CEO's Deaf, Blind Dog Dies in Hot Car

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The heat claimed an unlikely victim.

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RICHMOND, Va. -- A 16-year-old deaf and blind dog belonging to the CEO of the Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals died after being left alone in a hot car for four hours.

Robin Starr and her husband, Ed, discussed the dog's death in an interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Ed Starr said he put the dog, named Louie, in his wife's car as she prepared for work last Wednesday.

Robin Starr did not realize the dog was in the car until noon. She took the dog to two clinics, but it died of kidney failure.

The temperature had reached 91 degrees by noon that day, according to the National Weather Service.

The board of the SPCA says it still supports Starr, who does not plan to resign.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Tracy Thorne-Begland said charges are not planned.

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