Dog Owner Charged with Leaving Her Dog in a Locked Car

Temperatures in the Car were believed to be over 100 degrees
Dog in Stable Condition after Being Rescued by Police

[July 20, 2013, Forest Hill, MD] - On Friday, July 19, 2013 shortly after 4pm, deputies from the Harford County Sheriff's Office received a call for animal cruelty at the Kohl's Department Store, 50 Osborne Parkway, Forest Hill, Maryland. Upon arrival, deputies observed an Australian Cattle/Beagle mix dog locked in a 2005 Chevy passenger car. Deputies observed that the vehicle was turned off and the windows were approximately 1 – 1 1⁄2" cracked open. Deputies observed that the dog was panting profusely and foaming from the mouth. Deputies utilized their agency issued equipment to unlock the vehicle and to remove the dog from the vehicle. As a result of the animal's poor health, deputies immediately called Harford County Animal Control. While waiting for Animal Control to respond, deputies attempted to provide the dog with water, however the dog was too dehydrated to drink. The animal was later transported to Hickory Emergency Veterinary for emergency care. The animal has since been seized by Harford County Animal Control pending the owner's petition to reclaim the dog. At the time of the call for service deputies were advised the ambient temperature was 92 degrees with a heat index of 108.

The dog's owner, Daphne Lynn Luckhardt, 45, with a last known address of 954 Hillswood Road, Bel Air, was located in the store and made contact with deputies. She was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. After a hearing before a District Court Commissioner she was released on her own recognizance. Deputies estimate the temperature in the car was over 100 degrees and the dog was inside the vehicle for 90 minutes with no food or water.

News Release

July 20, 2013


  • Edward Hopkins

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