ROCK HILL, SC - Rock Hill police said two people were charged with animal cruelty after each left a dog in a car in unrelated weekend incidents.
Officers responded around 1 p.m. Friday to Sam’s Club on Crosspointe Drive, where someone reported a dog locked in a black SUV, according to a police report. The temperature was 90 degrees at the time.
Police asked the store to page the vehicle owner in an attempt to locate her but were unsuccessful. The owner, Evelyn Weber, exited the store with the manager around 3 p.m. and told the officer it was her vehicle, the report states.
Weber, 68, told police that she did not hear the page inside the store. When asked why she left the dog alone in the vehicle, Weber said “she did not think she would be in there that long.”
Weber was arrested and charged with ill treatment of animals, police said. The dog was turned over to a friend.
On Sunday, officers responded to Academy Sports + Outdoors on Crosspointe Drive, where a dog was locked in a vehicle for about 20 minutes with the windows cracked, according to a report. An officer tried for about 45 minutes to reach the dog’s owner, including paging the owner inside the store six separate times.
The dog’s owner, Noah Phillips, 72, told officers he left the dog in the car to return an item and that “it shouldn’t have taken so long.” Phillips was charged with ill treatment of animals.