A dog has been rescued after being trapped in an abandoned car. The New York Daily News reported that Zipper a pug-beagle mix was in an abandoned car for at least six days without water or food in West Seattle. Security guards found him trapped in the car early Sunday morning.
"The dog appeared frightened and was shaken and appeared to be in distress," said Detective Renee Witt of the Seattle Police Department to The New York Daily News.
Police are investigating how long the dog was stranded in the car without food or water. The length in which Zipper was left alone could determine whether the person who was caring for the dog could see criminal charges.
"That's a big concern for us," Witt said to The New York Daily News, "and that would actually be animal neglect.
The car was found in a shopping center parking lot and one of the guards said to the police that it had been there for at least six days. It was unclear however, how long Zipper was in the car.
"Even on a relatively cool day it can get deadly in there for them," said Don Baxter, manager of Seattle Animal Shelter's animal care and volunteer programs.
Spokeswoman for the animal shelter Julie Moore said to local King 5 News, "Zipper will remain at the Shelter, where he is being well cared for by animal care staff, until the investigation is complete and a course of action is determined."
Zipper was in the care of a vacationing owners boyfriend but neither of the individuals have been charged.
"We're going to have a conversation with this individual, try to educate them about the proper care for the dog and let them know that it's not acceptable to leave a dog inside a car on a warm day like today," ," said Baxter to The New York Daily News.
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