Guilty! Woman who let dog die in hot car could face 6 years in prison

A jury has found a Milton, Florida, woman guilty of felony animal cruelty. As reported by the Pensacola News Journal, 36-year-old Crystal Houk could face up to six years in prison for leaving her dog to die inside of a hot vehicle in late August.

Houk’s dog was spotted in a Walmart parking lot on August 22, 2019 – by the time that the distressed dog was removed from the vehicle, it was too late. An exam on the dog’s body revealed that the internal temperature climbed to nearly 110 degrees.

Houk was inside of the Walmart store for over an hour and a half – she left her car running with a makeshift attempt to keep the car running, “in hopes of making her faulty air conditioning work, despite knowing of its mechanical problems.”

Houk will be sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Jan Shackelford on April 29.

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