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Woman charged after dog dies from being left in hot car

| July 02, 2014, 05:14 PM | 0 Comments
Monifia Pendelton

Monifia Pendelton

On July 1, 2014 at 2:32 p.m. officers responded to the Petco located at 2319 Forest Drive Unit D, Annapolis, Maryland for a report of a sick/injured domestic animal.

Witnesses advised a woman ran into the store with a sick dog. The woman, later identified as Monifa Pendelton, told employees that she had left her dog “Chloe” inside her vehicle and it became ill. Employees believed the dog was in critical condition and immediately called for police assistance.

Upon arrival officers met with employees who advised the dog needed help as soon as possible and appeared to be suffering. Anne Arundel County Animal Control was called to the scene. Employees continued to render aid to the dog that they believed was suffering from a heat stroke.

Officers spoke to Pendelton who advised that she had forgotten and left her Yorkie dog, Chloe, inside of her vehicle for approximately 2 hours. When she realized Chloe was still inside the vehicle she exited the store and went to the vehicle. When she found Chloe, she was lethargic. She then advised that’s when she ran into the Petco to seek help.

It was apparent that Chloe was in significant distress. An officer took custody of Chloe and transported her to the Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic (AAVEC) to get help as quick as possible.

Upon arrival, doctors began immediately treating and evaluating Chloe. After triage, the doctor advised her condition was not well and she was suffering from extreme heat exhaustion/stroke. Chloe’s internal organs were shutting down and her quality of life was poor. The doctor advised that the best medical opinion was to euthanize Chloe due to her condition.

While Chloe was being treated, Animal Control responded and began assisting with the investigation. Chloe was ultimately euthanized. Animal Control took custody of Chloe after completion of the euthanasia for the purposes of a necropsy.

The air temperature on July 1, 2014 was 88.8 degree Fahrenheit.

An application for the following charges was submitted for the suspect, Monifa Ayadelle Pendelton, 44, of 2280 Frederick Douglas Blvd., New York, NY:



  • 10-604 Abuse or neglect of animal
  • 10-604(a)(2) deprive an animal of necessary sustenance
  • 10-604(a)(3) inflict unnecessary suffering or pain on an animal
  • 10-604(a)(5) if the person has charge or custody of an animal, as owner or otherwise, unnecessarily fail to provide the animal with nutritious food sufficient quantity, necessary veterinary care, proper drink, air, space, shelter, or protection from the weather


Each count is a misdemeanor penalty on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or a fine not exceeding $1000 or both.  As a condition of sentencing the court may order a defendant convicted to participate in and pay for psychological counseling.

She was served on the warrant on July 2, 2014.

Chloe was a 15 year old female Yorkshire Terrier

The Anne Arundel County Police Department wants to remind people to “Take Them With You or Leave Them Home” in reference to your pets and/or children. This time of year is CRITICAL to vulnerable people and pets. We must pay attention and we encourage anyone who sees an animal, child, or vulnerable adult in a closed vehicle on a hot day to call the police immediately.

Source: AACoPD

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