A woman was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals on Thursday afternoon after police were dispatched to a car full of dogs, left unattended in the heat.
The police report stated that a witness passed by the Bastrop Mini Warehouse and saw a vehicle with the windows cracked with a lot of dogs inside.
The Bastrop Police Department and Bastrop Animal Control were dispatched at about 12:35 p.m. Marilyn McLeland stated in the report that she had left her dogs in the car with only a small crack in the windows in order to move and had left them water. She stated that she had 14 dogs all together, but there were actually 18. Two had died from overheating in the car.
The 16 remaining dogs were said to have been in great distress, and on the verge of dying. McLeland stated that she has been homeless and was in the process of moving. The dogs had reportedly been left in the vehicle for over three hours. At the time the temperature was 87 degrees Fahrenheit.
McLeland was booked into the Morehouse Parish Jail and charged with two counts of aggravated animal cruelty.