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Case ID: 19276
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: cat
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Friday, Feb 10, 2012

County: Boulder

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Gabriella Alvidrez

Boulder police arrested a woman early Friday morning on suspicion of animal cruelty after someone called to report she had left a cat inside her car for roughly four hours.

When officers arrived at the Grand Jeep Cherokee parked in the 1600 block of 19th Street around 1 a.m., it was 23 degrees outside, Boulder police spokeswoman Kim Kobel said.

The vehicle, which was full of belongings, as if the driver was moving, had Washington plates. When officers reached the owner by phone, she told them her daughter had taken the car to Boulder and gave them her daughter's phone number.

When police called the daughter, Gabriella Alvidrez, 27, she agreed to meet them at the vehicle. According to the police report, she smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes.

At first, she told police that a friend had been driving the car, but then she admitted the vehicle and cat were hers, Kobel said. She asked police officers what the problem was, and they said it was very cold for the cat to be in an unheated vehicle.

Alvidrez had an outstanding Boulder County arrest warrant for failure to appear.

Court records show she was arrested on suspicion of driving while ability impaired in December and did not show up for an arraignment scheduled for Jan. 30.

She was booked into the Boulder County Jail on that warrant and on suspicion of animal cruelty.

The cat, described in the report as "beautiful and friendly," was taken to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley.


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