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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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