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DENVER — A Pennsylvania couple facing child abuse charges tried to explain why they allowed their 10-year-old daughter to ride in a dog cage in the back of a pickup truck.

According to KDKA-TV, the girl’s mother, Abbey Carlson, said the family dog was in the cage and started making a fuss as they drove down the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Millvale, just outside of Pittsburgh.

The parents let their daughter climb into the cage to be with the dog, Carlson said.

“She wanted to be with her dog. She plays with him in here all the time. They were strapped in,” Carlson said. “I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. We weren’t going fast. We weren’t.”

State police were notified about the girl and contacted Millvale police. The parents were arrested when they got home.

Carlson said the cage was strapped down to the bed of the truck. She said she and her husband, 30-year-old Thomas Fishinger, made a mistake.

“Oh, my God yes. I would never hurt my daughter.” Fishinger told the TV station. “She will never get in the back of a truck again.”

Both face charges of felony counts of endangering the welfare of a child. The couple was released on their own recognizance. The girl is currently in the care of Carlson’s mother, KDKA reported.

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