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Man charged after his dog dies from being left inside of parked car

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According to Thursday's LI Herald.com, a Valley Stream, N.Y., man is facing a charge of animal cruelty, and possibly jail time, after his dog died as a result of being left for several hours inside of a parked vehicle.

Long Island News 12 reported that 36-year-old Ian Kassof allegedly left his pit bull mix inside of a black Acura which was parked on McCarthy Road in North Long Beach on June 4 - Kassof claimed that he had nowhere to leave his dog while he worked.

When police arrived to the vehicle, the dog was "stiff" and leaning back against the front passenger seat - it is believed that the dog suffered a seizure from the extreme heat inside of the car. Hours after the dog was found, his internal body temperature still registered over 106 degrees.

Kassof had adopted the dog within the past year from the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice commented on the windows which had been left partially cracked for the dog who was inside of the car:

Opening a car window a few inches is not enough to prevent tragedies like this one,”

“This owner should have known better than to trap his dog for hours in his car without adequate ventilation or water. A parked car on a hot day, even with a window cracked open, is a potentially deadly place for any living thing.”

The attorney who is representing Kassof describes the man as a dog lover who is distraught over the dog's death. Kassof could spend up to a year in jail if he is convicted.

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