A Beaverton woman is accused of leaving her dog locked in a hot car for two hours while she went for a hike on a 90-degree day.
Deputies were called out to Silver Falls State Park on Sunday. They found a panting and unresponsive dog in a car.
Deputies were not able to locate the owner. They managed to unlock the car via a slightly cracked window.
Deputy Corey Larned carried the dog to his patrol car, turned the air conditioning on high and gave the dog some water.
Within minutes, the dog was drinking the water and back on its feet.
Larned said he eventually located the dog's owner, identified as 22-year-old Victoria Nguyen. Nguyen told deputies she left the dog in the car after allowing it to go to the bathroom. She estimated that the dog had been in the car for more than two hours, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said the car was parked in the direct sunlight.
Nguyen was cited and released on the charge of second-degree animal neglect, a Class B misdemeanor.
Deputies said the dog was returned to Nguyen.
According to Fox 12 meteorologists, temperatures can rise 40 degrees inside a car within an hour on a hot day.
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