Slidell Police: Pair arrested for leaving puppy in hot car

Left: Lajessica Mckenzie, 23 Right: Carleisha Shelly, 20
Left: Lajessica Mckenzie, 23 Right: Carleisha Shelly, 20

SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - Two Gulfport women were arrested Sunday afternoon for leaving a puppy locked in a hot car while they went shopping, according to the Slidell Police Department.

It happened in the parking lot of Northshore Square Mall in Slidell.

Officers arrived at the mall and observed a pit bull puppy, which was near death, trapped inside of the vehicle.

The outside temperature was around 92 degrees, the windows of the vehicle were barely cracked, and the puppy was trapped inside with no water and nearing death.

Police then made the decision to enter the vehicle and save the animal.

After entering the vehicle, the small puppy was extremely dehydrated, lethargic, and was in need of medical attention.

Slidell Animal Control arrived and took custody of the puppy.

After officers waited an additional thirty minutes for the owner's to come back to the vehicle, 23-year-old Lajessica Mckenzie and 20-year-old Carleisha Shelly were arrested for Simple Cruelty to Animals.

The two girls told officers they didn't think they would be shopping for a long period of time.

As of Monday morning, the puppy was doing well. It is undetermined if the two women will be allowed to have the dog back.

The dog is safe and currently being housed at the Slidell Animal Shelter.

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