For 29-year-old Panama City Beach, Florida native Angela Delandra Rogers, the days are not going to get any easier after she was formally charged with felony animal cruelty on Monday. According to an arrest affidavit obtained exclusively by Fidoplanet, Panama City Beach Police allege that Rogers left her 2-year-old chihuahua inside her car unattended so that she could carry on cleaning condominium units while on a scheduled work shift.
A distraught Rogers was confronted by a small crowd who gathered in front of her vehicle, trying desperately to free the small unnamed pup, who was crying for help. A visibly upset Rogers began arguing with the crowd, wasting critical time, before finally freeing the trapped dog. Police were eventually called to the scene, questioned Rodgers, and placed her under arrest after she admitted to leaving the dog in the sweltering car.
Authorities estimated that the temperature inside the car could have reached as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit, enough to literally “cook the dog alive,” according to the arrest report.
As for the minimally conscious dog, police officers on the scene transported her to a local animal hospital where she later died from multiple organ failures. If convicted of the felony animal cruelty charge, Rogers, who is presently free on bond, could face up to 5 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000 according to the Florida State penal code.