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Woman charged in dog's death in hot car at Baltimore hotel

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A Virginia woman has been charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty after two dogs were found locked in her vehicle at a Baltimore hotel on Saturday, one of them dead from the intense heat in the car, according to Baltimore Police.

Sharon Mulcahy, 62, of the 5700 block of Mosswood Road in Richmond, told police she'd arrived at the Best Western in Medford about 8 p.m. the night before with her "bowels overflowing," and checked into a room, leaving the dogs outside, according to a police report.

"Ms. Mulcahy stated that she was going to go back downstairs to care for the dogs, but instead decided to go to sleep, leaving the two dogs inside the vehicle for approximately 19 hours," the police report says.

Mulcahy could not be reached for comment. Court records do not list an attorney for her in the case.

Temperatures in Baltimore reached into the mid-90s on Saturday.

When an officer responded about 3:15 p.m. to the hotel in the 5600 block of O'Donnell Street for staff reports of the dogs trapped in the car near the hotel's entrance, only the front passenger window of the 2006 Ford Fusion was open, about two inches, the report says.

Inside, a six-year-old brown poodle named Missy was laying across the center console, dead, the report says. Another, 10-year-old poodle named Bear was located "underneath the steering column in one of the only places inside the vehicle that had shade from the sun," the report said.

There was no food or water for the animals in the vehicle, the report said.

"The interior of the vehicle was covered in fecal matter," the report said. "The inner door handles were scalding to the touch and the temperature inside the vehicle was overwhelming."

Bear was rescued and given water.

Mulcahy was located in the laundry room of the hotel, and arrested.

She now faces six counts of animal cruelty and two counts of restraining a dog without shelter or food and water.

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