Two arrested for leaving animals in hot car in Duluth

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Duluth Police arrested two people accused of leaving three animals locked inside a hot car in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

Brianna Bennett and Samuel Boyd are charged with three counts of cruelty to animals. They are being held at the Gwinnett County Jail.

Officers rescued the animals Saturday after they found two dogs and a cat inside the car, where temperatures had climbed to 111 degrees.

"Our officer was patrolling the area when he noticed a dog lingering," Officer Julian Lee-Foon said. "The dog then staggered over to a parked car. That's when the officer saw the white husky mix trapped inside. We think the pup that got the officer's attention managed to get out of the car by squeezing through the slightly cracked window."

Authorities told FOX 5, Bennett and her boyfriend were inside the Wal-Mart for at least an hour and a half.

"They said they were only inside for 15-20 minutes, but we checked surveillance video and it proved otherwise," Lee-Foon said.

Foon was one of the responding officers. He used his tactical helmet as a water bowl to help the dogs

"I knew a water bottle wouldn't be enough," Lee-Foon said.

Foon said another shocking discovery was made when another noticed a backpack in the front seat moving.

"The officer opened it up, and there was a cat inside," Lee-Foon said. "The cat was on the brink of death."

The animals were transported to Gwinnett Animal Shelter.

Amazingly, all three animals survived. 

"This was the worst we had ever seen," Officer Julian Lee-Foon said. "We are just glad the animals are okay and the suspects are behind bars.

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