Tonawanda Woman Arraigned For Animal Cruelty In Dogs' Death

September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 8, 2010 at 11:24 PM EDT

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September 27, 2013 Updated Jul 8, 2010 at 11:24 PM EDT


News of the dogs' death has outraged a small neighborhood in the Town of Tonawanda.

"Oh I'm aggravated! I want to go down there!" said Joseph Nye, a close by neighbor.

"That's sad. I would never do that to my own animals. I keep my animal in the house and the only time I bring them outside when it's really hot is when it has to go to the bathroom. And I always make sure that she has ice water all day," said Ryan Spaulding who also lives in the area.

It was an unthinkable way to die. Two adult american bulldogs chained in a backyard on Boswell Place in the Town of Tonawanda. The dogs were left under the blistering sun with no water in sight for more than five hours. They died from heat stroke.

"At approximately 12:40 the SPCA received an anonymous call from someone who witnessed the dogs outside for most of the morning and it didn't look like the dogs weren't doing well," said Gina Browning, a spokesperson for the SPCA.

The dogs' owner, 27-year old Aisha Luper is being charged with two-counts of animal cruelty in court today. She says she put the dogs outside at 7:30 this morning and fell asleep.

"Unfortunately, she made a mistake and she fell asleep on the hottest day of the year so far. It costs the dogs' life and she'll have to answer to that in court," said Captain Jon Scott of the Town of Tonawanda Police.

The dogs' temperatures were so high, medical thermometer's couldn't record them. They were more than 110 degrees. Neighbors say this isn't the first time there's been trouble with animals at Luper's home.

"My parent's have complained about them, and nothings been done," said Nye.