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Victoria woman charged with animal cruelty after dog dies in hot car

(Courtesy the BC SPCA)

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – A woman from Victoria is accused of leaving her dog to die in a hot car last summer. She’s been charged with animal cruelty.

The BC SPCA says on July 23, 2018, the Boston Terrier was left in the vehicle for seven hours with all of the windows closed. Temperatures in the area reached 30°C that day.

“Every year, the BC SPCA and other animal welfare groups warn people about the dangers of leaving their pets in hot cars,” Eileen Drever with the BC SPCA said. “Even 10 minutes in a hot, unventilated car can be fatal for an animal.”

Stephanie Skinner has been charged with one count under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. If convicted, she could be fined up to $75,000, spend up to two years in jail, and may be given a lifetime ban on owning animals.