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Woman Charged With Dog's Hot Car Death

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    A woman has been charged with animal cruelty when her dog died after being left in her closed car during a Central Texas shopping trip.

    Round Rock police on Monday said the woman told investigators the collie mix named Ozzie was left in the vehicle -- with the windows rolled up -- for two hours.

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    The interior temperature of a car rapidly rises. NBC 5 observed how quickly a car heats up within 30 minutes. Within three minutes, the thermometer read triple-digits temperatures. At the end of the half-hour, the final reading was 120 degrees.

    Police said outside temperatures during Friday's incident were in the low 90s. The temperature inside the car was estimated at more than 140 degrees.

    Officials were unable to revive the animal.

    Officer Dee Carver said the woman, whose name wasn't immediately released, told police that she didn't realize her dog could die under such conditions.

    Carver said it's never a good idea to leave a child, or an animal, unattended in a vehicle.

    In July, 2012, a San Antonio police officer was placed on leave after two police dogs died after being left in a hot SUV.