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Woman cited for leaving dogs in car

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A Colchester teacher is facing criminal charges after police say she left her dogs locked in a hot car for hours.

Rebecca Moseley, 41, was cited for animal cruelty. Investigators say the Colchester teacher forgot her dogs were in the car in the parking lot of the school for 5.5 hours while she was working. Police estimate temperatures inside the vehicle exceeded 120-degrees. One dog died. The other was treated for heat stroke and is expected to survive.

"To send a message to people that it's not appropriate to keep your dogs in vehicles. Yes, it didn't appear that it was intentional, but these dogs suffered needlessly. They didn't have to be in the car," said Colchester Police Cpl. Roger Fisher.

The surviving dog was returned to Moseley. Police say she is refusing to speak with them. The teacher is due in court on June 27. The school district says she's been suspended pending the outcome of the case.

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