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Man arrested after three dogs found dead
A Shirley man has been arrested for animal cruelty after three dead dogs were discovered in his vehicle this morning.
Police responded to the abandoned SUV parked in the Majestic Shopping Center in Shirley after two passersby observed the dogs around 5:40 a.m.
In a news release, police said six Rottweiler dogs, some in cages, were discovered inside of the Ford Explorer. Three dogs were deceased and police believe the dogs were inside the vehicle for over 11 hours.
The three surviving dogs were taken to the Brookhaven Town Animal Shelter for evaluation and are expected to survive.
The dogs’ owner, Carmine Dapruzzo, 41, of Shirley, was charged under the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law pertaining to the care of animals. Dapruzzo will be arraigned at a later date.
Temperatures soared into the 90s yesterday and the National Weather Service issued a series of heat advisories and air quality alerts due to the temperatures.
In New York, it is against the law to leave pets unattended in hot cars.
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