PHOENIX -- A dog died after being left in a car that was parked at Christown Spectrum Mall on Monday afternoon, according to Sgt. Trent Crump with the Phoenix Police Department.
Police officers were called to the mall at 15th Avenue and Bethany Home Road at approximately 3:30 p.m. after a security guard reported that a dog was locked in a car.
The dog was still alive when the security guard found it but by the time the owner was located and police arrived and got into the car, the dog had died.
Police questioned the dog's owner, who had been shopping in the mall for at least one hour, but she was not arrested. The incident is being investigated as a case of animal cruelty.
The dog, named Rader, was a pit bull mix between 6 months and 1 year old.
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control took possession of the deceased dog. A representative from the Arizona Humane Society was also on scene.
The normal temperature for a dog's body is 101 degrees. The temperature of the deceased dog was higher than 110 degrees, according to a spokeswoman for the Arizona Humane Society.
"I think the most heartbreaking are the ones with dogs that are locked in cars," said Ashliegh Goebel with the Arizona Humane Society. "It's just devastating. It's a very sad day."