A Karratha woman has been fined nearly $2500 for leaving her dog in her parked ute at a shopping centre in December when temperatures rose to 36C. Carielle Whitby entered an endorsed plea of guilty at Karratha Magistrate’s Court last week to one count of being cruel to an animal. The court heard that at about 2.40pm on December 3, the City of Karratha received a complaint about a four-week-old Mastiff-cross left in a Toyota Hilux at Karratha City Shopping Centre. A City of Karratha ranger told the court rangers were alerted by shopping centre staff after the ute had been parked for about 20 minutes. The rangers freed the dog by opening an unlocked door of the vehicle and Whitby returned to the Hilux two hours later. The dog was taken to a local vet to receive treatment. Whitby was fined $2000 by magistrate Edward de Vries with costs of $248.70 and ordered to pay compensation to the City for the vet bill worth $245. A Facebook by the City of Karratha said it was in danger from heat stress when the dog was rescued. “Rangers seized the dog under the Animal Welfare Act as she was in imminent danger from potentially fatal heat stress and she was immediately taken to a vet for emergency treatment,” it said. “According to the RSPCA, a dog trapped in a hot car is unable to cool down naturally, will quickly suffer heat stress and this can result in death within just six minutes.” The City of Karratha said the dog was expected to make a full recovery and would be handed over to SAFE Karratha for homing.