STEWARTVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in southeastern Minnesota are investigating after two dogs died of heat exhaustion after being left in a car with the windows up.

The Olmsted County sheriff’s office says a 35-year-old Rochester woman took the 6-year-old Yorkshire terriers to Stewartville Friday for a veterinary checkup.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Behrns says the woman left the clinic at about 9:30 a.m. to eat at a restaurant. Behrns says the woman put the dogs in the car with the windows up while she was inside the restaurant.

After 2-and-a-half hours later, she called authorities just after noon to say her dogs had died.

The Post-Bulletin reports the case will be referred to the Olmsted County Attorney’s office for possible charges.

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Comments (19)
  1. capt.oblivious says:

    Restaraunt, aka the bar, obviously no1 goes to a denny’s for 2.5 hours, I hope this woman had no children because she is as smart as a bag of turds. I’m sure she is heart broken and i hope she is, she deserves every sad day she endures.

  2. Mike says:

    Talk about creating a nightmare for yourself. It was bad enough that her dogs died, but calling the police is beyond comprehension. A lose, lose for a loser.

  3. Judy says:

    Foolish me! Right after lunch I made a trip into town, taking along my Affenpinscher who” used to be “my steady travel companion. I say USED TO BE as that changed today.Iin the 10 minutes I was in a store, I realized even with todays break in humidity and temps, she wasnt handling it very well.. I ALWAYS leave both side windows totally open and a medium glass of ice water in the center console for her and, even parked in the shade .When I came out of the business I found her laying on the floor panting heavily. Instead of doing my planned errand, I took her home to the AC, and stayed long enough to make sure she was okay, before I left to complete my errand. I would be totally crushed if anything happened to her, and then realize I was at fault.. These little creatures depend on us to keep them safe. Ive learned my lesson. I feel very sorry for this lady as Im sure she meant no harm.

  4. cowgirl says:

    Wow, how can anyone be this stupid? I know they are out there. I was in town the other day when the temps were 100 degrees and I saw a small dog left in a van, he was barking. I was going to call authorities but the owner came out and left. How can people be so stupid?

  5. Long says:

    Death penalty case here. Oh yeah no death penalty in Minnesota.

    1. snowman says:

      Death penalty? Why dont you get some perspective and commom sense you hillbilly

      1. Hugh Jorgan says:

        Roger that.

  6. realistic dog owner says:

    Some of the things have already been said, and I won’t reiterate how stupid it is to think that any summer day you could leave your dog in a car over 10 minutes. However, what is the deal that people think they must take their dog everywhere? The dog is not a human, and cannot tell you “I don’t want to go on 5 hours of errands with you.” They do enjoy a car ride now and then – not every day and not when you’re going to leave them for long periods of time – leave the dog at home in their comfortable surroundings or don’t have a real dog – get a stuffed one and set it on the dash in the hot sun!

  7. JamieinMN says:

    What an IDIOT!!!!!!!!! Can we please leave HER in a locked car with the windows up on a 90 degree day?!!?!?!? The human race is despicable.

    1. em0886 says:

      Hahaha I totally agree!! This woman is a complete idiot!! She takes them to the vet and then kills them….wow! LIke other people have said…who the hell eats for 2.5 hours?? It just doesn’t make sense, after all the warnings given on the news about not leaving pets or kids in the car she does just the opposite and with the windows up….these poor dogs suffered greatly and I hope karma comes back to get her!!

  8. youknowit says:

    TWO AND A HALF HOURS? WITH THE WINDOWS UP? How those poor dogs must have suffered. Please take away her right to ever own another pet, she obviously isn’t bright enough to have the companion that pets give to their people. Please order her to sit in a car, in the sun, with the windows up for 10 minutes so she can see that just after 10 minutes, her dogs were in terrible danger and suffering. Poor little things probably were frantic trying to get out to where it’s cooler and they didn’t even have a window open. Makes me wonder how many times they have suffered in a hot car in the past.

    1. Cindy says:

      I agree with you… could not have said it better.

  9. biglou64 says:

    People leave kids in cars, dogs in cars, the stupidity will never end.

  10. Stacy says:

    SOME PEOPLE ARE IDIOTS! Alone in the car in the extreme heat is bad enough, but with the windows rolled up! Sit in the car for 10 minutes today with the windows rolled up and tell me how you feel. Those poor dogs did suffer. I hope she stuffed her face good! What a FOOL!

  11. bluebird321 says:

    She should be shot, for what she did and for being a COMPLETE IDIOT! Someone should lock her up in a car for 2hrs in 100 plus degree weather! UNBELIEVABLE AND UNFORGIVABLE!!

    1. K. says:

      It amazes me the reaction this story has caused yet nobody thinks anything of it when a woman and her doctor rips the baby from the womb and tosses it in the trash. This is a human being………not a choice. Yet, I don’t hear any angry reaction about that! We are a truly sick society with our priorities obviously in the wrong place.

  12. bluebire321 says:

    Oh man, save it!!! Your comment has NOTHING to do with this situation…good grief!

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