A DOG walker has been charged after allegedly leaving a client’s cherished pooch to die in her car while she jumped on a boat and went on a week-long cruise.
Lilly Miljkovic, 46, found Beau, her beloved four-year-old Keeshond pictured above, dead inside her dog walker’s car at Rose Bay in Sydney on Tuesday, December 12.
It’s understood the dog walker, a 46-year-old woman from Vaucluse, had locked Beau inside her car around 11am before hopping on a 7-day a cruise.
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The dog walker reportedly sent Ms Miljkovic a text message later in the afternoon saying: “Sorry I think I’ve left your dog in the car”.
A frantic Ms Miljkovic found the Vaucluse woman’s car parked on Old South Head Road near Roe Street, around 5.30pm.
Sadly, there was nothing anyone could do to save Beau after he’d been left in the hot vehicle for more than six hours.
A man who helped Ms Miljkovic smash the car’s window to retrieve Beau’s body said the dog was “very stiff”.
Police were called and following a month-long investigation, officially charged the dog walker on Thursday.
The 46-year-old woman was served with a Court Attendance Notices for committing an act of cruelty, and failing to prevent act of cruelty while being in charge of an animal.
She is due to appear in Downing Centre Local Court on Friday, March 9.
In a heartfelt post on Facebook, Ms Miljkovic said she and her partner Rod had been left “inconsolable” following Beau’s “horrific” death.
“I keep hoping to wake from the nightmare but this is our truth,”Ms Miljkovic wrote.
“As strange as this may sound to some, we often say we don’t remember our life before Beau.
“He was pure love and joy, not only to us as his parents, but those that he crossed paths with on his daily adventures.”
At the time of the incident, RSPCA chief inspector David O’Shannessy told the Daily Telegraph it takes just six minutes for an animal to die of heat stress in a car, the penalty of which is up to two years in jail and a staggering $22,000 fine.