Woman faces animal cruelty charges for leaving dog in trunk

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

GILBERT, Ariz. - A Gilbert woman is now facing charges for allegedly leaving her dog in the trunk of her car during 110 degree heat.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Animal Cruelty detectives arrested Katie Troung, 33, on Tuesday morning on two counts of animal cruelty for not providing necessary food and water for her dog stemming from an incident in August.

According to MCSO, deputies were dispatched to a pet groomer in Queen Creek last August. Deputies took possession of a Shi Tzu dog after the groomer said Troung drove to his business and pulled the dog out of her trunk.

The groomer was concerned about the fact the dog was soaking wet and appeared to be very dehydrated.

A veterinarian report recently obtained by MCSO indicated the dog had a temperature of 103 degrees, distressed breathing and was suffering heat stress and dehydration during the evaluation.

The dog is still in the possession of MCSO's MASH Unit and is being cared for by jail inmates until the case is complete.