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Man charged with animal cruelty after dogs left in hot car, police say

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona Beach police arrested a man on animal cruelty charges after they say he left three dogs in a hot car at the Volusia Mall.

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Edgar Marcial, 27, was arrested on Wednesday in the incident outside the Books A Million store at the mall.

Police were called to the store at 12:44 p.m., where they found three dogs, one of whom was unconscious, in a Jeep Grand Cherokee with the rear windows opened an inch.

The vehicle reached about 103 degrees inside, police said, and the temperature outside was 88 degrees.

A wrecker was called to open the vehicle for police after the owner didn't come outside until 1:30 p.m., according to the report.

Police arrested Marcial and booked him into Volusia County jail.