(CBS) – A Round Lake woman was charged with animal-cruelty offenses after Palatine police found a van full of caged, overheated dogs in a store parking lot over the weekend, authorities said.
An officer observed a stack of caged animals Sunday afternoon through the open door of a parked van at Advanced Auto at 1770 N. Rand Road, Palatine police said in a news release. The outdoor temperature was 90 degrees, authorities noted.
The officer noticed some of the dogs whimpering and foaming at the mouth and moved in for a closer look, the news release said. He was met by a woman who consented to allow police to look inside, police said. The officer observed a French bulldog that was not moving. There were 11 dogs in total.
More officers arrived at the scene and began pulling cages and crates from the van and providing water to the dogs inside them. Some of the animals were taken by squad car to an animal hospital; others were taken inside the automotive store to be cooled off.
All of the dogs were ultimately taken for medical treatment for dehydration and skin and ear infections. Two of the animals died, police said.
Griselda Martinez, 41, of Round Lake, was charged with one count of Felony Aggravated Cruelty to Animals and 11 counts of Misdemeanor Cruelty to Animals, police said. A judge set her bond at $60,000.
Further information was not available.