Police continue to investigate Phoenix dog's death after owner left it in hot car

PHOENIX - Authorities are continuing to investigate after a dog died Monday after its owner left it in a hot vehicle at a Phoenix mall.

Phoenix police said the dog's owner was not cited because officers cannot give someone a ticket for a felony charge.

The department has also not submitted its case review to the county attorney, a spokesman for Phoenix police said.

Authorities were called out to Christown Spectrum Mall at Bethany Home Road and 19th Avenue after a security guard noticed the dog. The dog's owner was located and let the dog out of the car, however, it later died.

Police said the pitbull mix was between six months or a year old. It is unknown how long the dog was in the vehicle for.

The County Attorney's office said it cannot comment on possible punishment regarding animal abuse charges. It did say that the case could be prosecuted as either a Class 1 misdemeanor or a Class 6 felony.

Officials warn residents not to leave children or pets inside hot cars due to the extreme temperatures during the summer. The temperature inside the car can reach much higher levels than outside temperatures, and even with the windows rolled down, it can be extremely dangerous.

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