Daytona Beach police release video in dogs left in hot car case
2 women arrested on animal cruelty charges in incident at Volusia Mall
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona Beach Police Department released body camera video that showed an officer lecturing two women who are accused of leaving their dogs in a hot car Tuesday afternoon, after Animal Control rescued them.
"Even if you left them out here for 10 minutes. That's 10 minutes too long," the officer said in the video.
Video showed the police officer talking to 22-year-old Jaclyn Campbell and 21-year-old Tiffany Hon who told police they were only in the Volusia Mall to use the bathroom. However, police said it they were in there longer than that because they said the dogs were distressed and dehydrated.
"They were licking the condensation off the Mountain Dew. We brought them out and they started drinking a puddle of water. We've been out here for about an hour," the officer said.
Police and a wrecker service arrived to the mall after someone called 911. In the video, it showed animal control open the door to get the first dog out, who went straight for the puddle of water. Once all the dogs were rescued, the officer questioned the women who said they just moved to Florida from Iowa.
Officer: "Are the laws different for animal cruelty in Iowa?"
Women: "Yeah. We don't go to jail."
Officer: "Well, you go to jail in Florida."
The officer also explained to the women about how hot the car can get even if the windows are cracked.
"It's 95 degrees out here. You have the windows cracked this much. Let me put you in there for a half hour with the windows cracked that much. You don't think you're going to be hot," the officer said.
Police arrested the women and charged them with animal cruelty. The judge also told them in court on Wednesday that they are no longer allowed to have any pets at this time.
The Halifax Humane Society is taking care of the dogs and said they are doing just fine.
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