Bond is set at $7,500 for a Bellevue woman charged with two counts of animal abandonment resulting in death. Bellevue police say Ashley Alberts-Roach told officers she put two dogs inside a pickup at 10 a.m. last Friday and didn’t check on them for more than four hours. When she returned both dogs were unresponsive so she moved them into a garage and tried to revive them with water but both were deceased.
Nebraska Humane Society Vice President of Field Operations Mark Langan is familiar with the case and says this goes beyond leaving a dog inside a car for a few minutes to run an errand.
Langan says, “We have hundreds of calls each year of dogs left in cars in and around the city of Omaha where people going shopping and a vast majority of those cases we give warnings or possibly citations due to the fact the dogs are not in distress or have not died. This case rises to a new level based on the information that I have and the fact she intentionally put the dogs in the car knowing she wasn’t going to take them out for a long period of time and the dogs ended up dying in the car.”
Langan says animal abandonment resulting in death is a state law. It says any person who intentionally, knowingly or recklessly abandons an animal resulting in its death is a class four felony. The maximum penalty does include up to two years in prison.