B.C. dog walker sentenced to six months in jail after six dogs died in her care

Emma Paulsen, a dog walker who pleaded guilty to two charges after the deaths of six dogs in her care, arrives for sentencing at provincial court in Surrey, B.C., on Wednesday January 21, 2015. Paulsen has been sentenced to six months in jail for their deaths.
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SURREY, B.C. - A Vancouver-area dog walker who admitted to leaving six dogs inside her hot truck has been sentenced to six months in jail for their deaths.

Emma Paulsen has also been handed a lifetime ban on caring for animals.

She pleaded guilty last November to animal cruelty and mischief.

The Crown called for six to 12 months in jail and a $10,000 fine, while the defence asked for a conditional sentence to be served in the community.

Paulsen initially said she was away from her vehicle for only a few minutes to use a washroom at a park in Langley, B.C., and that when she returned the dogs were gone.

She later admitted they died from heat exhaustion.

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