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Woman arrested after dogs found dead in parked car

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Bossier City police arrested a woman Tuesday after her three dogs were found dead inside her parked car.

Nancy Louise Western, 47, of Shreveport was arrested on three counts of cruelty to animals after she called Bossier City police to the parking lot of Willis Knighton-Bossier in the 2400 block of Hospital Drive Tuesday at approximately 2:40 p.m. to report finding her dogs deceased inside her car.

Western

Western told police that she left her three dogs – two Labrador Retrievers and a Cocker Spaniel – inside her car while she went to a doctor’s appointment and that she left the dogs in her car for about an hour. However, the officer who responded to the scene noted Riga Mortis in all three animals, an indication that they were likely inside the car for a longer period of time and that it appears the dogs died of heat exposure. Personnel with Bossier City Animal Control also responded to the scene and assisted with the removal of the dogs.

Western was taken into custody and booked into the Bossier City Jail and subsequently transferred to the Bossier Parish Maximum Security Facility.