Shopper spots puppies in hot car outside mall

VICTOR, N.Y. (WIVB) – An Orleans County man is charged with animal cruelty after being accused of  leaving puppies in a a hot car while shopping at an area mall.

Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies charged Nathan Stephens, 47, of Holley with animal abuse, three counts of confinement of a companion animal in a vehicle, and aggravated unlicensed operation. Another shopper noticed the three puppies in the car parked outside the Eastview Mall outside Rochester.

The temperature outside was around 70 degrees at 8 p.m. when the sheriff’s department was notified.

Stephens faces three counts of animal cruelty and the puppies were sent to the local Humane Society.

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