Woman Charged After Pitbulls Die In Hot Car In Joliet

JOLIET, Ill. (STMW) — Two pitbulls died in a hot car Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of a store in southwest suburban Joliet.

Police said the dogs’ owner, Maya B. Webb, 27, of 5928 Valley Drive of Bettendorf, Iowa, was inside the store in the 3300 block of Mall Loop Drive for two hours.

All of the windows were rolled up on the car. Webb had a remote start and thought she was starting her car from inside the store every 20 minutes to cool the vehicle, Lt. Steve Breen said.

“(But) that wasn’t the case,” Breen said. “When she came out to her vehicle, she realized what happened and was pretty hysterical.”

Witnesses notified police, who arrived on the scene about 3:50 p.m. Webb was arrested and charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals. Joliet Animal Control took possession of the dead dogs.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • Brenda Bradbury

    I don’t care how badly this woman may feel now, what she did is unforgiveable. To go shopping while her dogs are couped up in her car for 2 hours iinstead of them being at home is selfish to say the least. But their death is haunting. At what time while in the car suffering from extreme heat did they lay down and finally die. How long did they bark and scratch to draw attention to themselves? How many people did they watch pass with their hopes leaping scarcely as people continued to walk by. I am disgusted and deeply saddened by the constant irresponsible actions of humans and have lost complete faith in their ability to look beyond themselves. This woman is a complete idiot and should be charged to the full extent of the law.

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