06/11/2012 08:44 EDT | Updated 08/11/2012 05:12 EDT

Sudbury couple charged after dog dies in overheated car

A man and woman from Sudbury, Ont., are facing charges of animal cruelty after their dog died in a parked car.

The dog was left in a vehicle at the Vaughan Mills mall, north of Toronto, as temperatures outside soared to 32 C on Sunday.

Officials said the temperature inside the car would have been much higher.

A passerby alerted security personnel who opened the car, but the one-year-old Labrador died a short time later.

Matthieu Arbour, 21, and Angele Lazurko, 20, have been charged with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

They were released and are due in a Newmarket, Ont., court July 10.

A day after the Vaughan Mills incident, Toronto police found a dog left in a locked car at Sherway Gardens on Monday afternoon.

Police rescued the dog from the car. A woman was charged with a bylaw infraction.