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Woman charged after dog dies due to heat stroke from being left in hot car

Officials say the woman left the German shepherd in her car in over 100-degree August weather.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas — A woman has been arrested after she allegedly left her dog in a hot car, causing it to die of a heat stroke.

On Aug. 20, the woman left her German Shepherd dog in a heated car while it was more than 100 degrees outside, according to an arrest affidavit. Police said officials were sent to a CVS in Georgetown, Texas, at 4 p.m. that day to help the injured animal.

The dog was taken to a pet hospital where where a veterinarian reported the dog suffered from a heat stroke. The veterinarian report stated the dog's temperature was between 105.7 and 108.4 degrees, police said. The dog had to be euthanized due to the severity of the stroke, the affidavit said.

At 8:40 p.m., the woman, identified as Diane Hernandez, 41, contacted police about her missing dog. Hernandez was then reportedly informed that her dog had been found at a CVS and Hernandez allegedly admitted that she left her dog in the car while she was working at a Whataburger.

Hernandez has been charged with animal cruelty and her bond is set at $5,000. According to online records, she is in police custody as of Wednesday afternoon.