A woman faces a neglect charge after police said an overheating dog was freed from an unoccupied, locked vehicle in Dubuque.

Kara N. Kulke, 39, of Evansville, Wis., was arrested at 6:17 p.m. Wednesday in the 4000 block of McDonald Drive on a charge of animal neglect.

Court documents state that police and Dubuque Animal Control responded at 1:59 p.m. Wednesday to a parking lot in the 2600 block of Raven Oaks Drive for a report of a dog locked in an unoccupied vehicle.

The outside temperature was 87 degrees when the dog was freed and taken to Dubuque Regional Humane Society for evaluation. The dog had an internal body temperature of 106 degrees. Animal control staff said dogs begin to suffer brain damage if their body temperature reaches 107 degrees, documents state.

Kulke is the dog’s owner and was eventually located.

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