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Dog found in locked car, North Ridgeville woman charged with cruelty to animals

Posted at 10:50 PM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-21 06:06:04-04

ELYRIA, Ohio — Elyria police have charged 20-year-old Cenzie Boyle with cruelty to animals, after her dog was found locked in her car at the Burger King parking lot on Cleveland Street.

Investigators told News 5 the May 18 incident was discovered by Burger King employee Antonio Arroyo who quickly called Elyria Police.

“It’s like 80 degrees outside, and I’m looking at this car, I’m looking inside the car and they have no food or water,” Arroyo said.

“I think she should get charged. She should face some jail time and face a serious fine and get her dog taken away, because that’s unacceptable."

Police were able to unlock the car and rescue the dog, the entire rescue was captured by TMC News.

News 5 spoke exclusively with Boyle and she explained she left her dog in the locked car because she was concerned her Chevrolet Cobalt was no longer safe to drive.

Boyles said her boyfriend picked her up from the Burger King at 3 a.m., but didn't want to give her dog a ride because he was concerned his new car interior would be damaged.

She said she returned at 7 a.m. to give her dog food, water and a bathroom break, but again left the dog in the car.

Boyles said she realizes she made a bad choice.

“I just cried like for 30 minutes," Boyles said.

"I’m going to jail, like I do not have bond, I can’t get out of jail. They’re taking my dog, when I came back.”

Boyles will be arraigned on the cruelty charge on May 2, in Elyria Municipal Court.