A woman from Brevard was arrested for leaving her pets in a hot car.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey of Brevard County is well-known for his zero-tolerance policy for animal maltreatment in his jurisdiction.
He spoke with WESH 2 about the arrest of a woman suspected of leaving two dogs and a cat in her car while she went to the beach.
Jessica Greer was arrested on three counts of public animal mistreatment on Wednesday. The Sheriff videotaped herself being led into jail and afterwards shared it on social media.
When someone kills a pet or an animal in Brevard County, I personally walk them into the jail. I want people to realize how important it is to report animal cruelty and abuse, Ivey stated.
Greer, a Kentucky visitor, is charged with three charges of animal cruelty. She left two dogs and a cat in her car, according to the sheriff. It was 86 degrees outside, so the windows were slightly ajar.
There was no water because the window was barely broken. It was really boiling in there, Ivey added. "One of these canines was 16 years old and in the worst form of the bunch."
Someone noticed Greer's pets in her car and alerted a sheriff's deputy, who shattered the window to free them.
What is the matter with these people? They should have to spend the same amount of time in the car. I take my dog to the beach with me and include them in everything. Leave your dog at home if you're going away, said Kirstie Damron, a Brevard pet owner visiting the beach.
A Florida law, according to the Sheriff, empowers citizens to take action. They can smash the glass themselves if they witness a pet in peril, sweltering in a car. However, if you can, find a deputy or officer first.
The two dogs and a cat found on Wednesday are doing well in the hands of the sheriff's veterinary team.