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2 charged after 13 dogs found in hot, abandoned car

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Police believe the 13 dogs were left in the car for nearly 8 hours Tuesday morning. (Credit: Ellisville Police) Police believe the 13 dogs were left in the car for nearly 8 hours Tuesday morning. (Credit: Ellisville Police)
Sharon Kibbee and Michael Jones of Richwoods are charged with 13 counts of animal abuse after they left 13 dogs in a hot, abandoned car in Ellisville early this month. (Credit: Ellisville PD) Sharon Kibbee and Michael Jones of Richwoods are charged with 13 counts of animal abuse after they left 13 dogs in a hot, abandoned car in Ellisville early this month. (Credit: Ellisville PD)
Police believe the 13 dogs were left in the car for nearly 8 hours Tuesday morning. (Credit: Ellisville Police) Police believe the 13 dogs were left in the car for nearly 8 hours Tuesday morning. (Credit: Ellisville Police)
ELLISVILLE (KMOV.com) -

The Ellisville Police department has arrested two suspects after they left 13 dogs in an abandoned car last week. 

Michael Jones, 51, and Sharon Kibbee, 63, from Richwoods were charged with 13 counts of animal abuse. 

Thirteen dogs were rescued from an abandoned car parked behind an office park in Ellisville Tuesday morning.

The dogs, one chihuahua and the rest lab mixes, were stuffed into the car by a man and woman around 1 or 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to police. 

All but one of the lab mixes appeared to be a puppy, ranging anywhere from four to six months old. Police say the dogs were malnourished and flea ridden when found. 

Police say an employee of the building in front of where the dogs were found Tuesday noticed the car’s windows were fogged up and opened the car door letting the dogs out.

Shortly after, police arrived and helped pour water on the dogs who appeared to be extremely overheated. Police immediately took two of the dogs that appeared to be in the worse shape to Ellisville Veterinary Clinic on Clarkson Road. One of those dogs eventually died from heat stroke at the clinic.

Outside temperatures where in the middle to upper 60s early Tuesday but police say once the sun rose temperatures inside the car rose rapidly.

The surviving dogs are in the care of St. Louis County animal control.

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