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Two women charged after dog dies in locked car boot

Two women are to face trial after allegedly leaving four dogs locked inside a car so hot that one of them died.

Natalie McArthur, 43, and Caitlin McArthur, 18, are accused of leaving the animals in the locked boot of a car for an hour at the Burghmuir Retail Park in Stirling last July.

Both women pleaded not guilty to charges of causing unnecessary suffering to the dogs.

A trial is set to begin on 19 August.

Natalie McArthur is also accused of leaving three dogs locked in a car the next day, outside the Bruceview Veterinary Centre, Stirling.

A court heard that the women allegedly left a female Yorkshire terrier, called Crystal, and the other dogs, in the car at a temperatures of 25C on 18 July last year. Crystal's body temperature was believed to have risen to 42.7C, causing her to contract hyperthermia.

The pair are also accused of failing to seek veterinary treatment for the dog for about an hour and failing to authorise a veterinary surgeon to carry out necessary treatment.

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