A Victoria woman is being charged with animal cruelty

A Victoria woman who's dog died in a hot car last July has been charged with animal cruelty.

Stephanie Skinner has been charged under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

BCSPCA's Senior Officer of Protection and Stakeholder Relations, Eileen Drever, says the dog was left in the car in Langford on July 23rd, a day that reached 30 degrees Celsius.

"Her dog was a Boston Terrier.  Boston Terriers, you call them a brachycephalic breed, with short noses and the flat faces.  They have difficulty breathing anyways, like bulldogs.  This dog was left in the vehicle, she returned to the vehicle seven hours later, and the dog had succummed to the hot weather."

Drever says the important message she wants to get across is that in the hot weather, people should leave their dogs at home.

"As much as people can say 'I'm only going to be five minutes,' the fact of the matter is, in high temperatures, it only takes 10 to 15 minutes for a dog to succumb to hyperthermia."

Skinner makes her first court appearance on March 28th, if convicted, she could face a maximum fine of 75-thousand dollars, up to 2 years in jail, and a lifetime ban on owning animals.   However, Drever says in the 40 years she has worked for the SPCA, she has never seen the maximum penalty enforced.

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