2 puppies dead after woman leaves 3 in hot car in Orange County, deputies say

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Two puppies died after a Mississippi woman left them in a parked car outside an Orange County hotel, deputies said.

Deputies said they arrested Penelope Stanley, 54, of Pontotoc, on three felony charges of animal cruelty and three misdemeanor charges of confinement of animals without food or water.

According to an arrest report, hotel guests called 911 before 9 a.m. after hearing the puppies barking and crying in an SUV with its windows cracked open.

Deputies said Minnie, a 6-month-old Chihuahua, and Kiara, a 3-month-old shepard mix, died. Gruff, a 6-month-old terrier mix, is still recovering.

According to the report, Stanley said the puppies were OK when she checked on them at 6:30 a.m.

Deputies said Wednesday that Gruff is being transfered from Orange County Animal Services' care to a specialized animal rescue.

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