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Arrest in the Case of Dog Left to Die in Stolen Minivan

Arrest in the Case of Dog Left to Die in Stolen Minivan

STUDIO CITY (CNS) - A suspect was arrested tonight in Studio City in connection with the dog that was found dead inside a stolen minivan.

An unnamed suspect was arrested in the 4100 block of Whitsett Avenue, one block north of Ventura Boulevard, around 7:45 p.m., said Officer Cleon Joseph of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident and will be booked for animal cruelty, Joseph said, but his name is being withheld.

The minivan was stolen around 3 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Ventura Boulevard and Whitsett Avenue, said Lt. Todd Hankel of the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Station.

The vehicle was located around 5 p.m. Monday in the 4100 block of Whitsett Avenue, near where it was taken, and the dog was found dead inside, Hankel said.

The minivan's owner said he went into a store to get his wife and young daughter and walked out to find the vehicle gone, along with his 10-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, Maru, according to broadcast reports.

The dog had been asleep in the back seat of the minivan, which had its engine running and air conditioning on, Nayo Mateo said.

Police said that when the minivan was found, the windows were rolled up and the dog may have died from the heat, according to broadcast reports.

Mateo said his family raised the dog from a pup.

Anyone with information about the minivan theft was urged to contact the North Hollywood Station at (818) 623-4016.


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