Macy's employees called the law about the pooch trapped in the sweat box of a car about noon Friday, said.
Officers arrived and reportedly did indeed find a dog in a car with its windows rolled up. The temperature was in excess of 90 degress at the time, police said.
An officer ran the car's license plate and identified the vehicle's owner, then was able to obtain a phone number for her so he could place a call.
The woman, Joyce Craig, 50, of 1315 Rowell Ave., happened to be shopping in the Macy's, police said. After she came outside to her car, she was charged with cruelty to an animal.