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Dog dies in locked car, owner arrested

May 27, 2017

NEEDLES, Calif – On Thursday, May 25, the San Bernardino County Sheriff/Needles Police received a call at 10:10 a.m. of a dog that was found in an unattended vehicle in the parking lot of the apartment complex at 1001 Lillyhill Dr., Needles. The dog appeared dead and was locked inside of a locked vehicle.

Deputies arrived and found a large Lab mix deceased inside of a parked SUV with the windows rolled up and the vehicle not running. Deputies discovered that Dana Nelson returned home hours before and left the dog inside of the car with no water or way to stay cool. Temperatures had reached over 100 degrees by the time the dog was located.

Dana Nelson (age 28 of Needles) was arrested for Cruelty to an Animal Causing Death and booked into the Colorado River Station Jail with her bail set at $50,000. She is scheduled for arraignment on Tuesday, May 30 in Victorville Superior Court.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Colorado River Station at (760)326-9200.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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