Alabama woman cited after Myrtle Beach police retrieve dog from hot vehicle

troot@thesunnews.comJuly 25, 2013 

— An Alabama woman was cited by Myrtle Beach police after officers took a small dog from a hot, locked vehicle in a department store parking lot, according to a police report.

Joyce Harris Armstrong, 67, of Montgomery, Ala., was cited with abandoned/mistreated animals after officers were called at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday to the parking lot of Target at 1150 Seaboard St., police said.

The officer found a small Shih Tzu locked inside a green Nissan Sport Utility Vehicle with the windows barely cracked, according to the report. The temperature inside the vehicle was 110 degrees and the dog was seen panting heavily.

The officer removed the dog from the vehicle and provided it air conditioning and water, according to the report. About 25 minutes after the officer had been there Armstrong returned to the vehicle and was cited.

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