Owner pleads not guilty in dog-in-car case

Newspapers are reporting that Annabell Quor, the owner of the pomeranian who died in a car parked at The Palms shopping centre in December, has entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of reckless ill-treatment of an animal.

Ms Quor appeared in the Christchurch District Court this week; the charge was brought by SPCA Canterbury inspectors.  Ms Quor maintains that the dog’s death was an accident, that she forgot to remove the dog’s muzzle, and that she had left windows open with a bowl of water for the dog to drink.

The case will continue on April 21 in a post committal conference.  The charge Ms Quor is facing carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison, a fine not to exceed $75,000, or both.

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