ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WTVA/WESH) -- Two puppies are dead after being left inside a hot car Tuesday in central Florida, sheriff's deputies said.
Officials with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said three puppies were found around 9 a.m. inside an SUV parked at a hotel.
A 6-month-old chihuahua, Minnie, died; while a 3-month-old shepherd and a 6-month-old terrier mix were "very weak," according to an arrest report.
The shepherd, Kiara, later died, deputies said.
Penelope Stanley, 54, of Pontotoc, was arrested on three counts of animal cruelty.
Stanley told investigators her family is in Orlando for vacation, and the hotel did not allow her to bring the dogs into their room, so she left them in the car overnight.
She told deputies she'd checked on the dogs around 6:30 a.m. and said they were fine then.
"If it's too hot for a person inside a vehicle, it's way too hot for a child or an animal inside a vehicle," said Sgt. Al Giardiello of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
In a Facebook post by the sheriff's office, they added that deputies are hoping the 6-month-old terrier mix will be OK.