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.

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