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Animal cruelty? Husband of charged Roswell woman says no
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ROSWELL, Ga. -- A day after his wife's mug shot appeared on television, a Roswell husband wants to speak out for her innocence.

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"I was just blown away," said Randy Spence. "I'm still in shock."

Wife Elizabeth Spence was charged for cruelty to animals after a police officer found the family dog, Morgan, in a locked door outside a nearby Home Depot. Randy Spence says his wife was only in the store for a few minutes and kept the car in shade with the windows down six inches. He says the arrest is police overreach.

"This is a citation," Randy Spence said. "It should have been a ticket at the most, that we can resolve in court. But again, to handcuff her, put her in the back of a car, let her spend half a day in jail, fingerprint her, mug shot, all that stuff … totally inappropriate for the situation."

The law doesn't specify what qualifies as cruelty to animals. But police constantly speak of how a locked car can heat up quickly, even after just a few minutes.

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