Woman facing charges after dogs die in hot car

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Two dogs died inside car from stifling heat, according to authorities (WTVD)

A Franklinton woman appeared in court Thursday to face charges after two dogs died in her car while she shopped at Walmart.

The incident happened before noon Wednesday in Wake Forest.

Authorities charged 34-year-old Jennifer King with animal cruelty after they said she left her two black dogs unattended for three hours in her vehicle.

Store employees called police after being alerted by shoppers.

Caller: "Hey this is Wake Forest Walmart and we've got a dead dog in a car. We've paged the customer several times. They didn't come up."

911: "Okay, what type of car is it?"

Caller: "It's a Mercedes Benz, the old Mercedes Benz."

Officials said temperatures inside the vehicle reached up to 120 degrees. They say King's windows were cracked, but that didn't help her animals.

Spryte Anderson was the person who called 911. She said she witnessed something she'll never forget.

"To see a dead dog in the front seat of the car is bad, really bad," she said.

Bond was set at $10,000. Court officials said King broke down in tears in court Thursday, but Anderson said the day before it was King's teenage daughter who was upset.

"She lost it. She lost it. She was just screaming, crying," Anderson recalled.

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