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July 13, 2015

Police: Sicklerville man charged after puppies die in hot car

He allegedly left his two dogs in the car while at work

A Sicklerville man faces multiple counts of animal cruelty after police say his two puppies died when they were left unattended in a hot car for several hours.

On their Facebook page, Burlington County Humane Police said Kevin Conquest drove the puppies to work on Saturday and then left them locked in an airline crate in his car while he was inside for several hours.

When he returned to his car around 1 p.m., both the 4-month-old husky named Zero and 4-month-old golden retriever named Simba were reportedly dead, the Humane Police said.

Conquest has been charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty, including causing the death of a living creature.

His court date is set for Aug. 5.

Earlier this month, Tennessee made it legal for people to break into cars to save dogs. Specific steps, including searching for the owner and notifying law enforcement, must be taken to qualify for protection under the law, Time magazine reports.

The New Jersey SPCA Law Enforcement Division announced on its Facebook page that patrols will be scanning the Jersey Shore from Point Pleasant to Seaside Park on Saturday, July 18,  looking for animals left unattended in vehicles.

New Jersey residents will be issued a summons for leaving behind an animal, and out-of-state residents will be arrested and held on bail.