BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Police said at least three Publix shoppers passed the silver Mitsubishi with the rolled-up windows in the parking lot and saw the dog panting in the 84-degree heat.
One woman told an officer she almost broke the window to save the dog – a boxer, owned by 20-year-old Juliana Fiorio, a Boca Raton woman who now stands charged with resisting arrest and tormenting animals.
On Wednesday, just after 5 p.m., a Delray Beach Police Officer arrived at Publix at 1538 S. Federal Highway, where a man approached him and said he saw a dog panting inside a silver Galant in the parking lot, according to an arrest report.
As the officer walked out of the store to check it out, another person told him about the dog.
And as he walked up to the car, a third person cam up and told the officer she saw the dog and thought about breaking the window.
The officer looked inside the car and saw the dog, too. The boxer sat there, panting, and appeared to be in distress from the excessive heat, the officer wrote in his report.
Checking the weather, the officer noted it was 84 degrees.
Fiorio, the dog's owner, then walked into the parking lot and unlocked the door with a remote. She walked past the officer as if nothing was wrong.
The officer asked if the car was hers.
"Why do you want to know?" she asked.
The officer then asked Fiorio to turn on her car for the dog.
"I don't have to listen to you," Fiorio said.
She "showed no remorse," the officer wrote in a report.
The officer explained he was investigating several reports that she left the dog in hot car with the windows rolled up, noting that 20 minutes had passed since he had gotten the first report.
"The dog's fine," she said, refusing to give her I.D. "I don't have to give you my ID."
The officer asked for her ID again, but Fiorio said she was going to "tape" the officer and "call her mother."
As Fiorio called her mother, she handed the officer her license. But when another officer showed up, Fiorio walked up the first officer and grabbed her license out of his hand, quickly turning away.
Police slapped handcuffs on her and put her in the back of the car.
"I hate you f------ cops," Fiorio said.
An officer started the Mitsubishi and gave the dog water. The boxer was extremely "thirsty," "lethargic" and "clammy," the report said.
Fiorio's mother arrived and took the dog and her daughter's car.
At the police department, detectives asked Fiorio if she had anything sharp on her.
According to a report, Fiorio said she "wished she had her blade on her."
Fiorio was released from Palm Beach County Jail at 1 a.m. Thursday.
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