A 57-year-old Pacific woman was issued a citation for animal cruelty after she allegedly left two dogs in a Jeep Wrangler and spent nine and a half hours in Walmart, Eureka Police reported.
At 7:30 a.m. Nov. 8, police were called to the store, 131 Eureka Towne Center Drive, because two dogs appeared to be in distress in an orange Jeep.
The temperature was about 20 degrees, and it did not appear there was a heat source, food or water in the vehicle, the report said.
Officers found the woman when she returned to the Jeep, and she told them she had not been in the store for that long, police reported.
However, surveillance video showed her arriving in the Jeep at about 10 p.m. Nov. 7 and entering the store. She did not return to the vehicle until about 7:30 a.m. the next day, the report said.
The woman was released after being given the citation to appear in Eureka Municipal Court. She was allowed to keep custody of the dogs, Capt. David Wilson said.