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ROUND ROCK (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A woman has been charged with animal cruelty when her dog died after being left in her closed car during a Central Texas shopping trip.

Round Rock police on Monday said the woman told investigators the collie mix named Ozzie was left in the vehicle — with the windows rolled up — for two hours.

Police say outside temperatures during Friday’s incident were in the low 90s. The temperature inside the car was estimated at more than 140 degrees. Officials were unable to revive the animal.

Officer Dee Carver says the woman, whose name wasn’t immediately released, told police that she didn’t realize her dog could die under such conditions.

Carver says it’s never a good idea to leave a child or an animal unattended in a vehicle.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, vehicle heat up quickly – even with a window rolled down two inches. If the outside temperature is in the low 80s° Fahrenheit, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in only 10 minutes.

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