Pittsburgh woman accused of leaving dog in hot car, without water, so she could go swimming

PITTSBURGH — A Sheraden woman has been charged with cruelty to animals after police had to rescue her Yorkie dog from her hot car, where the animal had been left without water.

Miyah Grant, 29, was charged by summons and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for this fall.

The car was parked on East Carson Street on June 29 when a police officer saw a very small dog “attempting to hide under the seat” to avoid the sun. The officer managed to open the car and get out the dog, who was panting and shaking.

According to a criminal complaint, the temperature was 96 degrees that day with a heat index of well over 100 degrees. The windows of the car were barely cracked, police said.

Police searched the area and found Grant “enjoying the day swimming at a public pool,” according to the criminal complaint.

The dog was moved inside in air conditioning and given water before being returned to Grant.