PALATINE, Ill. -- It was 90 degrees Sunday afternoon when Palatine police drove by Advance Auto Parts and saw the back door of Griselda Martinez’s van open, and dogs in crates from floor to ceiling could be seen from the street.
There were 11 English and French bulldogs, adults and puppies, all suffering from a lack of air -- and they all needed immediate medical attention.
Three of the dogs were in such bad shape they were rushed in police cars to a local animal hospital. Two of them died from heat stroke, their body temperatures measuring 107 degrees.
Griselda Martinez, from Round Lake, Ill., told police she owns the dogs. She was charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals and 11 counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals.
The dogs are now being treated for dehydration and ear and skin infections.