- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - Portsmouth police say a Maine woman accused of leaving her brother’s dog in a hot car has abandoned the animal, and its owner has made no attempt to contact authorities.

Twenty-one-year-old Nakita Haller of Portland was charged with two counts of animal cruelty on Monday, two days after she is accused of leaving the dog in a car in Portsmouth for more than two hours with just the windows cracked.

Authorities say Haller called police hours after officers removed the dog and took it to a veterinary hospital, saying the dog was her brother’s and that she was on her way to the hospital to cooperate. But police say she never showed up, and has refused to identify her brother.

A phone number for Haller could not be found Tuesday.

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