Woman fined for leaving dog in hot car

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) — A Buffalo woman will face a fine for leaving a dog in a hot vehicle last summer, the Erie County District Attorney said Tuesday.

Shermika Walker, 38, has been fined $100 for leaving the dog in her car in a space on Union Road in Cheektowaga on June 15, 2022. When police and Cheektowaga Animal Control responded, the dog had a spasm from the heat and was vomiting.

The dog, an 8-year-old Boston Terrier mix, was treated for severe heat stroke. The dog was briefly held by the SPCA but was returned to Walker.

She was convicted of placing pets in vehicles in extreme temperatures, a violation of the New York City Farm and Market Act.

She must pay the fine within the next two weeks.

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