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Independence Day crimes: an overheated dog, stabbing, and car chase

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webmaster | 07/06/13

Madera County foothill communities had only a few reported incidences of crime on July 4, including a fight that left a 20-year-old man with a stab wound.

In Oakhurst, 51-year-old Laura Williams Rigby — vacationing in the Bass Lake area — was charged with causing great bodily injury to an animal after authorities said she left her dog in her car during a period of high heat.

For around an hour, the miniature Doberman was left in the car with outdoor temperatures in the middle 90s, said Erica Stuart, spokeswoman for the Madera County Sheriff’s Department.

“At high noon, the dog was found on the floorboard under the steering wheel and heavily panting,” Stuart said. “The windows were open roughly two inches.” ...


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