Valley Stream man accused in dog's death after animal left in hot car

Ian Kassof, 36, of Valley Stream, was arraigned

Ian Kassof, 36, of Valley Stream, was arraigned today on animal cruelty charges. (Credit: News 12)

VALLEY STREAM - A Valley Stream man pleaded not guilty after being accused of causing the death of a dog by leaving it in a hot car for hours.

The Nassau District Attorney's Office says Ian Kassof left his mixed breed pit bull in a hot car for hours while he worked earlier this month on McCarthy Road in Island Park.

Kassof's attorney says the 36-year-old didn't have a place to leave the dog while he was at work. He says his client even took the dog for a walk and gave it water throughout the day.

Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice says it was a painful death for the animal.

If convicted, Kassof faces up to one year in prison.

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