JAMESTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — A Jamestown woman charged in connection with the death of her three dogs was officially arraigned on several charges, including three felonies Friday morning.
Anne Garnett, 65, of Jamestown, was arraigned on three felony counts of unnecessary cruelty to an animal — which carries a potential penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000 for each count — as well as three misdemeanor counts of confinement of an animal in a motor vehicle. She was released on $10,000 bail and ordered to surrender all other animals in her possession. Her next court date is set for Sept. 12.
A 7-month-old black labrador, 4-year-old black labrador, and 4-year-old keeshond died Sunday after they were found unresponsive inside a parked vehicle outside McQuade’s Market in Jamestown, according to police.
Detectives said surveillance video showed Garnett left her dogs in the car for one hour and 43 mins. The temperature at the time, according to police, was 93 degrees. They said the vehicle was running but it appeared the air conditioning wasn’t working and the windows were rolled up. They also noted there was no water in the vehicle.
The courtroom Friday was packed with supporters of Garnett, many of them lining up to give her a hug.
“Leaving your car running with the AC on, again there are inherent risks in doing that,” said RISPCA President Joe Warzycha.