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Frankfort police arrest woman after pit bull dies in hot car

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Stephanie Tyler (Source: Franklin County Detention Center) Stephanie Tyler (Source: Franklin County Detention Center)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A woman has been arrested after Frankfort Police say she left a pit bull in a hot car, causing its death.

It happened on Tuesday, in the 100 block of Landings Drive, near Schenkel Lane, in Frankfort.

According to Major Rob Warfel of the Frankfort Police Department, it started at 10 a.m. when someone reported that a male pit bull had been tethered to the bumper of a vehicle at that location. When an animal control officer arrived, Warfel said they indeed found a pit bull tied to a car, and since the city has an ordinance against tethering animals, the woman responsible for the dog, 27-year-old Stephanie Tyler, was given a verbal warning. Police say she untied the dog and took it inside.

At 4 p.m., Maj. Warfel says Frankfort Police received another report from a witness who said they saw a dog left alone inside a car at the same location. 

When officers arrived, Maj. Warfel says they found the same pit bull inside a vehicle. Warfel says the dog wasn't moving. Police say they got the dog out of the vehicle and took it to a local veterinary clinic, where it was pronounced dead of heat exhaustion.

Major Warfel says the temperature inside the vehicle at the time they pulled the dog out was 145 degrees.

Tyler allegedly told police that she had put the dog inside the vehicle because it was acting aggressively toward a child. Warfel says a witness told police that the dog had been in the vehicle for about an hour.

Tyler is charged with second degree cruelty to animals, and is currently being housed in the Franklin County Detention Center.

Major Warfel says the entire incident serves as a warning for people to exercise caution in hot summer weather.

"The heat is a deadly combination this time of year for an animal or a human," Major Warfel said.

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