INDIO (CBSLA.com) — A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for an Irvine woman accused of leaving her dog in her vehicle on a 100-degree day in Coachella for an entire day.
Charu Lata Khanna, 30, pleaded not guilty to a felony animal cruelty charge and is free on a $5,000 bond.READ MORE: Angels Reportedly Re-Sign Closer Raisel Iglesias To Four-Year Deal
A judge will rule at the preliminary hearing in February whether there is enough evidence for Khanna to go to trial.
On May 5 — the daytime high had been about 100 degrees — a California Highway Patrol officer saw a dog in a locked vehicle parked at Vista Del Norte and Dillon Road and notified sheriff’s deputies.READ MORE: Authorities Reveal Victim of Fatal 57 Freeway Crash In Fullerton On Monday
Officials questioned people who worked in the area. They learned that the vehicle had been there for more than a day, with the windows up, Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Bishop said.
Deputies identified Khanna as the owner and arrested her, he said.MORE NEWS: Ducks Blow Late Three-Goal Lead, Beat Kings 5-4 In Shootout
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