Alabama woman speaks about dog's death in auto

Lester Mason
July 8, 2018

A woman parked the auto outside the store around 4 a.m., and the animal wasn't removed until about seven hours later, Trussville police Lt. Phil Dillon said. She says she recently ran out of her medication.

Trussville police said Thomas had parked the vehicle outside the store around 4am.

Police Lt. Phil Dillon says a woman parked the vehicle outside the store around 4 a.m., and the animal wasn't removed until about seven hours later.

Stephanie Shae Thomas, 34, of Trussville was released on $25,000 bond early Friday after spending a few hours in custody, Jefferson County jail records showed.

"What she was doing there we don't know, but she doesn't work there", Dillon said.

'Ultimately, I killed my dog, ' Thomas told the broadcaster through tears.


Around 11 a.m., police broke a window to get to the dog, a large tan dog that looked like a pit bull mix. I want to, but I can't'.

Trussville police said the dog was left in a auto at the Trussville Walmart at 4 a.m. Police said Thomas told them she lost track of time while shopping and never went outside to check on the dog. The dog was dead within minutes.

The woman - Stephanie Shae Thomas, 34 - was paged several times by name over the store's loudspeaker. "When the officer said she was no longer breathing it was heartbreaking", she said.

Thomas said she was confused when she walked outside because it was hot and bright - she'd gone inside when it was dark and cooler.

If convicted of the Class C felony charge, the suspect will face a one to 10-year prison term.

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