A Mississippi couple locked a puppy in the trunk of their car while they went shopping at a Florida mall, according to authorities.
The Panama City News Herald reports that 30-year-olds Maurice Sanders and Keshanna Thompson were arrested Sunday and charged with aggravated animal cruelty. A witness says he saw the couple lock the dog on the trunk before walking into a department store.
Officers reported hearing the puppy panting in the trunk. They broke a window and accessed the trunk through the car’s back seat. Police say it was extremely hot, and there was no water.
Sanders later told officers he put the dog in the trunk because he didn’t want it to make a mess in the car. The dog was taken to animal control.