She was then handcuffed in the parking lot and transported to Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex in Jeffersonville.
Esparza said Thursday that she usually keeps her four-legged friend at home, but as she was preparing to leave her home for Kroger to buy water, the dog wanted to tag along.
Charlie Heavrin, executive director of J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter, commended the animal shelter’s staff for giving Chimi special attention, and by Thursday afternoon the dog was “running around the office eating treats.”
When temperatures reach 90 degrees — or even in mild weather — animals should not be left in a vehicle for any length of time, even with cracked windows, Heavrin said.
Esparza said she loves her dog and hopes it will be returned to her, but Chimi remains at the animal shelter.
Heavrin said he is waiting to receive notification from Clark County court officials before releasing the animal.
“I know it was a mistake. I know it was my fault,” Esparza said. “It is a good dog, a really, really good dog. Everybody loves Chimi.”