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Case ID: 19948
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Friday, Jul 19, 2013

County: Harford

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Daphne Luckhardt

A Bel Air woman faces animal cruelty charges after authorities say she left her dog inside a locked parked car, where the temperature inside the car was more than 100 degrees.

At around 4 p.m. Friday, Harford County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the parking lot of the Kohl's department store in Forest Hill, where they found an Australian Cattle/Beagle mix dog locked in a car. The windows were only cracked open about an inch.

Deputies unlocked the car to remove the dog. Harford County Animal Control was called to the scene. Deputies tried to give the dog water, but the dog was too dehydrated to drink.

The dog was taken to a veterinary hospital and is now in the custody of animal control.

Deputies found the dog's owner shopping inside the store.

Daphne Luckhardt was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. After appearing before a court commissioner, she was released on her own recognizance.

Deputies say at the time of the incident, the temperature in Bel Air was 92, with a heat index of 108.

Deputies say the dog was locked in the car for about 90 minutes.


  • WBAL - July 21, 2013

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