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2 charged with animal cruelty after deputy spots dog left in hot car

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HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – Two people have been charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals after a deputy spotted a dog in a hot car on March 6, according to court records.

Joicy Grimaldo, 20, and Viviana Yesinia Melendez-Rangel, 27, are facing the charges after deputies said they saw a dog trapped in a hot car near 900 Gessner Drive around 5 p.m.

The condition of the dog is unknown at this time. The dog was released to a City of Houston Animal Control Officer.

Both Grimaldo and Melendez-Rangel posted $1,000 bonds, according to court records.