ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. (WFXR) – On Thursday, September 12, Rockingham County Sheriff’s Court Bailiffs arrested a woman on charges including animal cruelty, resisting arrest and driving without a license.
Mallory Renee McGrail of Reidsville, N.C. was taken into custody after being warned that she could not leave her small dog in her vehicle parked at the Rockingham County Courthouse while she conducted business inside.
Bailiffs approached McGrail’s vehicle after attempting to park in a restricted area of the courthouse parking lot and saw the dog inside the vehicle. Due to the extreme heat, they informed her the dog could not be left in the hot car while she was inside as they were concerned for the dog’s condition.
McGrail became argumentative with the Bailiffs and drove away, parking the vehicle at a neighboring business. She then proceeded to exit her vehicle, leaving the dog inside.
Bailiffs were able to locate the vehicle and with the help of Rockingham County Animal Control, freed the dog. The interior of the car was 100.2 degrees Fahrenheit when the dog was rescued.
Bailiffs from the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office were able to locate McGrail inside of Courtroom C of the courthouse and placed her under the arrest for Cruelty to Animals and Operating a Motor Vehicle without a Valid Driver’s License.
As a female Bailiff attempted to arrest McGrail, she became combative which resulted in the additional charge of Resisting Arrest.
Neither the Bailiffs nor Ms. McGrail were injured in the exchange.
Mallory Renee McGrail was placed in the Rockingham County Detention Facility under a $2,500 secured bond.
Animal Control took possession of the dog which is expected to make a full recovery.