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Crime & Courts

Glen Ellyn woman charged after dog left in hot car at Oakbrook Center dies

A Glen Ellyn woman has been charged with cruel treatment to animals after her dog died when she allegedly left it in her car July 20 at Oakbrook Center.

Mary Raugstad Smith, 60, of the 100 block of North Main Street, was cited in the incident. Oak Brook police said Smith allegedly left the dog in the vehicle while she went shopping and ate dinner at Oakbrook Center.

The vehicle's windows were rolled up at the time of the incident, police said.

"Every year we alert people to the danger of leaving children or pets inside cars in the summer," Oak Brook Police Chief James Kruger said in a statement. "The temperature inside a vehicle climbs approximately 43 degrees in just an hour. This loss of a defenseless animal was avoidable and should not have occurred. There is no reason to take your pet out in extreme heat without adequate air conditioning and water.”

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