By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great local journalism.
Two charged after puppy found in hot car at Mall of Georgia
Coco was found in a car at the Mall of Georgia in Buford, where the temperature had reached 98 degrees.

A Gwinnett County Police officer broke a window Tuesday to rescue a puppy from a car in the Mall of Georgia parking lot, according to authorities.

The police department received a complaint before 7 p.m. Tuesday of a dog inside a vehicle “panting and crying” in front of the JC Penney store at the Buford mall, according to the department’s news release.

With the temperature above 90 degrees that day, the police officers looked inside a black BMW with the windows rolled down 2-3 inches and spotted marijuana and a small, white-and-tan puppy, police said.

Police charged Somsanit Thammavong, 38, and Cala Raeann Franks, 25, both of Demorest, with cruelty to animals and possession of marijuana.

“(The) officer used his expandable baton and broke the passenger window of the vehicle,” the release said. “After the officer retrieved the puppy, the responding officers got the small dog some water and immediately placed her in an air-conditioned patrol car.”

The internal temperature of the car was found to be 98 degrees.

The puppy, named Coco, was taken to an emergency veterinarian and is being cared for at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.