MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York man is facing an animal cruelty charge after his dog was found dead inside a hot car.
Nassau County prosecutors say 36-year-old Ian Kassof of Valley Stream was arraigned Wednesday. He pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty and was released without bail. He faces up to one year in jail if convicted.
Kassof's attorney said he had to go to work and had no place to leave the dog, which he had rescued from the Town of Hempstead shelter. He said he walked the dog and gave it water during the day.
Prosecutors say Kassof left the mixed-breed pit bull-boxer in a hot car for hours.
They say one window was open about four inches for air.
The incident happened June 4 in Island Park.
Preliminary findings show the dog died after a seizure caused by overheating.