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HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. – A Florida woman is in deep for animal cruelty after leaving her dog in a car for at least 8 hours while she delivered food with her boyfriend.

On Saturday at 10 p.m., Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Linda Pedersen Park in Hernando Beach in reference to a report of an endangered animal.

The caller, who had gone fishing, told deputies that a dog had been left alone inside a vehicle from approximately 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. when he returned to his vehicle from fishing.

All the windows were closed except for the driver’s side window, which was cracked slightly. The outdoor temperature during this time reached 95 degrees.

Deputies immediately responded to the scene and removed the dog from the vehicle through a previously damaged window that was sealed with plastic sheeting. Deputies said the dog had defecated throughout the interior of the vehicle.

While deputies were on the scene, the owner of the vehicle, Amy Sitaro, 49, returned to the scene.

Sitaro told deputies she left the park around 2 p.m. to ride with her boyfriend who was headed to Wesley Chapel to deliver food for DoorDash and Grubhub.

Sitaro said neither company allows dogs in a vehicle while working.

Animal Enforcement Officers responded to the scene to take custody of the dog and complete a fitness petition.

A warrant for Sitaro’s arrest will be issued for Animal Cruelty, according to Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

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