INDIO (  —  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.

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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.

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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.

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