ONTARIO, Calif. — Authorities say a woman was arrested after police recovered a dead dog from a sweltering car amid a Southern California heat wave.

San Bernardino County authorities say a second dog and a cat were rescued but in distress after spending time in the blistering heat.

The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday (http://lat.ms/2uegbS1 ) that officers broke one of the car’s windows to rescue the pets in the city of Ontario. Temperatures inside the car topped 113 degrees. It wasn’t known how long the animals were inside.

The newspaper says 42-year-old Jennifer Arriaga was arrested Sunday on suspicion of animal cruelty. It wasn’t immediately known if she has an attorney.

The surviving animals were treated and are recovering.

A necropsy will determine the dog’s cause of death.


Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/

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