(Video Credit: FOX 35 Orlando)
A 25-year-old Gainesville, Missouri woman named Tesia White was arrested by police on animal cruelty charges after she left four dogs, two of them puppies, in her hot car to die from heat exposure while she thoughtlessly ate lunch with her boyfriend in Florida.
Following a 911 call, White had handcuffs unceremoniously slapped on her Thursday evening after police were notified that the car was left on with the air conditioning running and the windows up while she ate lunch at a trendy downtown cafe in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
“We have four dogs on the side that were, they accidentally turned the air conditioning off in the car, and they were trapped in a hot car, and now they’re all laying on the side, and none of them are moving, and they’re all like foaming from the mouth,” the caller told 911, according to FOX 35.
A police report noted that a large puddle of liquid was seen “coming from under the vehicle into the nearby storm drain which appeared that the vehicle was running for a period of time.”
Tesia White arrested by @NSBPolice. They say she locked four dogs in her car while she and her boyfriend had lunch downtown. All four dogs died. She faces animal cruelty charges. Judge sets bond at $10,000. #FOX35 pic.twitter.com/igBawzNvAQ
— Matt Trezza FOX 35 (@Fox35Matt) May 27, 2022
Tesia C. White left four dogs in her vehicle, which she reportedly left running with the air conditioning on and the windows up, while she ate lunch at a restaurant on Canal Street.
— Florida Police Scanner (@FLPoliceScanner) May 27, 2022
“We leave them in the car all the time with it running and the AC on, but they just absolutely turned it off, this time,” the 911 caller stated.
Employees could hear White scream when she found the dogs dead in her car. They tried to give the dogs water and allegedly mouth-to-mouth resuscitation but it was way too late.
Amy Ryan, who works near the restaurant where the tragedy took place was blunt about what happened and said White should have known better.
“I wouldn’t leave my children in the car with the windows rolled up. I wouldn’t leave my dog in the car. And if you’re not going to leave a Hershey bar in the car, you don’t leave a living being with the windows rolled up,” Ryan commented.
'I should not be allowed to own a dog,' woman says after dogs died in Honda CRV, @NSBPolice says. 3 #Goldendoodles, 1 boxer died while she lunched with boyfriend in #New #Smyrna, #Florida. #Tesia #White charged w/animal cruelty #news13volusia @mynews13 #NSB pic.twitter.com/7ZwaBVVAHR
— Kevin P. Connolly (@KevinPConnolly_) May 27, 2022
White reportedly checked on the dogs once during her lunch. But when she returned to her car after eating, she found all of them dead in her car about an hour later. The temperature outside that day was approximately 85 degrees. That means the temperature inside the car could have gone as high as 130 degrees according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
The dogs that perished in the vehicle were a 4-year-old Goldendoodle, a 2-year-old Boxer, and two 12-week-old Goldendoodle puppies.
White tearfully stood in front of the judge after she was charged with four counts of animal cruelty. She was incarcerated at the Volusia County jail with a $10,000 bond. The judge in the case said on Friday during White’s arraignment that she is not allowed to own any animals while the case is ongoing.
— claire metz (@clairemetzwesh) May 26, 2022
There was a lot of anger and hatred vented towards the woman on social media after the incident was reported:
Oh, I sincerely hope she receives and enjoys that full Florida jail experience. 🤬
— 🇺🇦#CodifyRoe Ⓥ (@FtLaudPetSitter) May 28, 2022
DISGUSTING!!! I hope she gets alot of time behind bars, she deserves it!
— Marla (@SharkGoddess) May 28, 2022
Hope she rots in hell
— Richard (@silicavolcanosi) May 28, 2022
What an effin’ idiot.
— Saint Sydney Muhammad Suxx(Thee/Thou)Ⓥ🩸 (@SydneySuxx) May 28, 2022
Lock her up & throw away the key
— tracy forgosh (@tforgosh) May 27, 2022
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