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Animal Rescuers Charged With Animal Cruelty

A guest at a Fredericksburg, Va., hotel called police after allegedly seeing four puppies locked up inside a hot van. According to police, the puppies were in crates and didn’t have food or water. They had reportedly been in the van for at least an hour.

Police linked the van to a pair of hotel guests; two women from an organization called Companion Animal Rescue and Education. The two had been driving down to North Carolina from New Jersey and had stopped to rest at the hotel.

Police say the women–Gail Wells, 59, and Melanie Bolton, 37–paid an extra fee to have dogs in their room but left them in the car anyway. They were made to let the puppies into their room and charged with four misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. Neither the condition of the dogs nor the temperature in the van was released.

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