In Brevard County, Florida, a 10-week-old puppy was spotted in a vehicle on Sunday with the windows up that was not running in a parking lot at the Melbourne Square Mall. An animal enforcement officer arrived at the scene in the afternoon and heard the puppy described as “near death” crying in distress.
According to Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, during a media briefing, the officer freed the puppy and placed it inside of his air-conditioned truck to cool it down. The temperature inside of the vehicle when the puppy was removed had been over 100 degrees.
The owners of the vehicle, Brandon McLaren, 30, and Mecaila Johnson, 19, returned to their vehicle 30 minutes later and admitted to leaving the puppy in the car while they went inside the air-conditioned mall.
The pair have been charged with aggravated animal cruelty, and the puppy is expected to recover. He remains under the care of the veterinarians.