Brittany ComakJul 22, 2018, 6:11 pmJul 22, 2018, 6:32 pm

Protestors call for tougher animal abuse laws after 3 dogs found dead in hot car

The owner reportedly called the deaths a mistake


SHIRLEY — Close to 200 people turned out to protest outside of Nonna Mia Pizzeria in Shirley Sunday for what protesters say is the alleged involvement of one of its workers in the deaths of three dogs.

"I'm here today to seek justice for three dogs that were killed inside of a car due to negligence. They were suffering. This is one of the worst ways an animal could die," animal activist Rob Becerra said.

According to police, they were called to the parking lot outside the pizzeria before 6 a.m. July 3 for reports of six Rottweilers inside of a car. Three of the dogs died from being inside the hot car without air conditioning for more than 11 hours, according to officials.

Police arrested the dog's owner, Carmine Dapruzzo, and charged him under the New York State Agriculture and Markets law pertaining to the care of animals, but protesters want the charges upgraded. As for Dapruzzo, whose family owns the pizzeria, he has reportedly called what happened a mistake.

According to the Facebook page made for the protest, Dapruzzo is set to be arraigned in First District Court on September 4.

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