Police have arrested a woman and man from Missouri after they were accused of putting 13 dogs in a car early one morning last week and leaving them there for hours, leading one to die of a heat stroke.
Sharon Kibbee, 63, and Michael Jones, 51, both from Richwoods, are facing 13 counts of animal abuse, according to a spokesman with the Ellisville Police Department. The two have since been released from custody and are scheduled to appear in court June 14.
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Kibbee and Jones were arrested after witnesses allegedly saw them placing dogs inside a car between 1 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. May 22 in the back parking lot of a distribution center. The car belonged to a woman, whom police have identified as Kibbee.
By 9:30 a.m. that day, a worker saw the dogs in distress inside the car and called police. The outside temperature was nearly 75 degrees, enough to cause overheating, police said.
The dogs — mostly Lab mix pups — also appeared to be malnourished and infested with fleas.
Two dogs in serious condition were taken to a veterinarian clinic nearby, where one died of an apparent heat stroke. The remaining dogs were taken to St. Louis County animal control.